Early Modern Period

View digital versions of manuscripts from the early modern period.

Tread the boards with a Cornish play, or study the starts through an astrological text transcribed by Dr John Dee.

Beunans Ke

Manuscript of a Middle Cornish play about St Ke, discovered in 2000.

Elis Gruffudd's Chronicle

A 16th century manuscript by Elis Gruffudd, who attempts to chronicle the history of the world from it's Creation through to 1552.

Steganographia

A volume of astrological texts from the 1490s by Johannes Trithemius (1462-1516) transcripted in 1591 by Dr John Dee (1527-1609).

Brogyntyn Lute Book

A manuscript containing music for the lute copied about 1595 and transcripts of poems, elegies and legal miscellanea.

Salusbury

A manuscript containing plays, poems, elegies and miscellaneous notes written in English, Welsh and Latin.

Wmffre Dafis' Book of Cywyddau

A volume of Welsh cywyddau and awdlau (15th-16th cent.) written by Wmffre Dafis, which includes work by Dafydd ap Gwilym and Guto'r Glyn.

Payments to a serving maid

A manuscript shedding light on the subject of working women's dress circa 1600.

Morgan Llwyd

Unfinished dialogue in the hand of Morgan Llwyd (1619-1659), author and mystic.

Liber B, John Davies of Mallwyd

A number of copies of important Welsh manuscripts by Dr John Davies, Mallwyd (c. 1570-1644).

Poetry in Prose

A manuscript (c.1628-48) which includes religious texts, a collection of prose and cywyddau, an essay against conjurers and wizards, popular superstitions and much

History of the Gwydir Family

A copy, 1669, of History of the Gwydir family by Syr John Wynn (1553-1627).

Merryell Williams's Book of Recipes

A volume of cooking and medicinal recipes collected by Merryell Williams of the Ystumcolwyn Estate, Montgomeryshire, towards the end of the 17th century and beginning of the 18th century.

Geirlyer Kyrnwèig

A Cornish dictionary compiled by the scholar Edward Lhuyd at the beginning of the 18th century.

Williams Pantycelyn

Religious poetry in the hand of William Williams (1717-1791), Wales's most eminent hymnwriter.

Goronwy Owen

A poem by Goronwy Owen (1723-1769), one of Wales's most important eighteenth-century poets.

Llyfr Melyn Tyfrydog

A volume of pedigrees, poems and antiquarian notes, dated 1766 in the hand of the bard and gentleman Hugh Hughes from Llwydiarth Esgob, Anglesey.

Early Tourists

Two well-to-do visitors from England tell of their travels in Wales, 1772 and 1801.

Thomas Jones Pencerrig manuscripts

Two manuscripts providing valuable biographical information of Thomas Jones, Pencerrig

History of the British Bards

Notes by Iolo Morganwg (Edward Williams, 1747-1826) about bards and druids.

Other Early Modern Period manuscripts available to view

Traethawd y Felin Reference: Peniarth MS 56 A

Daroganau Reference: Peniarth MS 58 A

Yr Afallenau a'r Oiannau Reference: Peniarth MS 59 A

Barddoniaeth Reference: Peniarth MS 60 A

Barddoniaeth [Siôn] Brwynog Reference: Peniarth MS 61 A

Llyfr Syr Thomas Williams Reference: Peniarth MS 62 A

Barddoniaeth Reference: Peniarth MS 63 A

Barddoniaeth Reference: Peniarth MS 64 A

The Oration of Gwgan Reference: Peniarth MS 65 A

Barddoniaeth Reference: Peniarth MS 66 A

Barddoniaeth Rhys Cain Reference: Peniarth MS 68 A

Barddoniaeth Rhys Cain Reference: Peniarth MS 69 A

Pedigrees Reference: Peniarth MS 75 B

Barddoniaeth Lewis Glyn Cothi Reference: Peniarth MS 77 B

Barddoniaeth Huw Arwystl Reference: Peniarth MS 82 B

Barddoniaeth Reference: Peniarth MS 83 B

Llyfr Dafydd Cayo Reference: Peniarth MS 84 B

Cywyddau ac odlau Guto'r Glyn Reference: Peniarth MS 99 B

Llyfr Moelyrch Reference: Peniarth MS 103 B

Llyfr cywyddau Siôn ap William ap Siôn Reference: Peniarth MS 112 D

The British Genealogy Reference: Peniarth MS 120 E

Llyfr Edward ap Roger Reference: Peniarth MS 128 D

Gwaith Guto'r Glyn Reference: Peniarth MS 152 B

Pump Llyfr Cerddwriaeth, [1570x1588] Reference: Peniarth 169A

Disgrifiadau o arfbeisiau, [17 cent.] Reference: Peniarth MS 180 A

Barddoniaeth, [16 cent., second ½ - 17 cent., first ½] Reference: Peniarth MS 184

Log book of a voyage around South Africa, [17 cent.] Reference: Peniarth MS 185

Llyfr Syr Thomas Wiliems, [1570x1622] Reference: Peniarth MS 188 A

Gramadegau a cherddi, [15 cent., second ½], [ late 16 cent.] Reference: Peniarth MS 189

Gwasanaeth y Fendigaid Fair, [16 cent.] Reference: Peniarth MS 192

Gwehelyth, [mid 16 cent.] Reference: Peniarth MS 193

Trwydded pencerdd Gruffudd Hiraethog Reference: Peniarth MS 194

Testunau meddygol, [17 cent., first ½] Reference: Peniarth MS 206

Testunau meddygol, [17 cent., first ½] Reference: Peniarth MS 207

Bucheddau'r Saint Reference: Peniarth MS 225 B

Dictionarium Latino-Cambricum Thomas Wiliems Reference: Peniarth MS 228 i

Dictionarium Latino-Cambricum Thomas Wiliems Reference: Peniarth MS 228 ii

Dictionarium Latino-Cambricum Thomas Wiliems Reference: Peniarth MS 228 iii

Historical extracts Reference: Peniarth MS 252 D

Testunau gramadegol, [1601x1658] Reference: Peniarth MS 295

Llyfrau Geirydd, [1606] Reference: Peniarth MS 296

Llyfr geiriau, 1622 Reference: Peniarth MS 302

Geiriau perthnasol i benodau neilltuol, 1632 Reference: Peniarth MS 304

Geiriau perthnasol i benodau neilltuol, 1633 Reference: Peniarth MS 305

Sermons, [c. 1734] Reference: Peniarth MS 324

Epistolau bugeiliol St Paul Reference: NLW MS 17115E

Lewis Morris' De Historia Piscium Reference: NLW MS 24052E

Letters to Abraham Ortelius, 1568-1571 Reference: NLW MS 13187E

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