Dosparth byrr ar y rhann gyntaf i ramadeg cymraeg: ḷe cair ḷaụer o bynciau anhepcor i vn a chụennychai na doedyd y gymraeg yn ḍilediaith, nai scrifennu'n iaụn


The first published Welsh Grammar - Gruffydd Robert was a Roman Catholic scholar, a grammarian of the sixteenth century and a humanist of the Renaissance. It comes as no surprise therefore that Robert was concerned with the study of language and the Welsh language in particular. As a Catholic exile he had to content with rigorous press censorship across Europe which made the process of publication a daunting task. Gruffydd Robert’s multi-volume Grammar Dosbarth byrr, the earliest grammar to appear in Welsh, was at least partly published in Milan from 1567, where the author had settled. Robert was a firm supporter of the art of translation and believed it was a vital component in the expansion and development of a language in the modern world. He put his ideas into practice in his Grammar. In addition, he converted the Ciceronian style into a Welsh medium by including a select translation of Cicero’s De Senectute in his sixth volume of Dosparth byrr.