Aled, Tudur (DNB00)

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ALED, TUDUR (fl, 1480–1525), was a Welsh poet of Llansannan in Denbighshire, his bardic name being derived from the river Aled, which flows through his native place. From his own poems it appears that he was the pupil of his uncle Dafydd ab Edmwnd, and that he was a Franciscan friar. He was the bardic teacher of Gruffydd Hiraethog, a more distinguished poet than himself, and was pencerdd of the first Eisteddfod of Caerwys, held in 1525. Seven elegies and two other poems by Tudur Aled are printed in Rhys Jones's ‘Gorchestion Beirdd Cymru,’ 1773, in which is also given a short biographical notice of the poet. In this notice he is said to be ‘one of the most ardent, gifted, and skilful poets whom Wales has ever produced.’

[Jones's Gorcheston Beirdd Cymru, 1773.]

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