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Reference MS.417
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Extent 1 volume
Title Lhyfr o fedheginiaeth a physygwriaeth [Book of remedies and medicine]
Date c.1600
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The text of the MS. is written in a neat Secretary hand: and the Index - which omits the letter R - is perhaps by a different hand, and is in italic. In Welsh throughout. The outer margins of the first 8 ll. are frayed and damaged.

Leaf 3: LHYFR, O, FEDHEGINI / AETH, A, PHYSYGW / RIAETH LHYMA DABL Y LHYFR HWN, FAL I / GALHER YN BAROD GAEL POB RHYWbet / ag sydh yndho ef, megis pob dolen dani / i rhif, a phab tu dolen dan i mark / y tu cynta or dholen, sydh / ar lythyren. A. ar ail tu / ar lythyren. B. megis i / bo parottach ir dar / lhennydh gael y peth / a dhamuno i weled / yn y lhyfr hwn / o waith W.G.

Fol. 1 DECHREVAD / llyfr veddyginiaeth. /// Rhaag chwydd mewn troed nev / esgair new le arall o natvr Briw nev / yssig. 137v ...pob meddodd / swpper hwyr kysgv yn y fan gwedi. / (By a later hand) finis.

The fragment of the first preliminary leaf contains a receipt, in English, for a purgative drink: it is signed by Dr. Stafford Price, who is probably the person named in Alumni cantabrigienses: a biographical list of all known students, graduates and holders of office at the University of Cambridge, from the earliest times to 1900 by John Venn and J.A. Venn as having matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1711, aged 18. The verso of this leaf contains part of a poem in Welsh by a different 18th cent. hand. Added among the preliminary leaves are scribblings, names of owners, and a few receipts in Welsh: these are mainly by 18th cent. or early 19th cent. hands.

  • Leaf 2 'Gabriel Salusbury, Denbigh'; 'Jonathan Williams Jeyner [? Junior]'; 'John Jones of Denbigh 1735' (a); 'John Evans'.
  • Leaf 3 (T.p.) 'Mr' Richard Glyns of Edernion booke' (b).
  • Leaf 6 'Edward Williams of Denbigh'; 'Edward Jones of Denbigh'.
  • Fol 14v 'William Edward Jones of Thomas of Llanraiadr Denbigh'; 'Gabriel Salusbury, his hand'.
  • Fol 15 'This book has being [sic] in the sarvise [sic] of the Reverent Mr Edward ffoulkes, Doctor of Divinity (c), and Mr Robert ffoulkes, doctor of ffisick (d) In the County of Denbigh aforesaid Gentleman and Esquire to William Jones of Denbigh'.
  • Fol 15v 'Edward Williams of Denbigh'; 'Robert Jones Jeyner [? Junior] of the said County of Denbigh'.
  • Fol. 57 'Edward Jones' [Cf. Leaf 6].
  • Fol 67v 'David Jones is this book' (e).
  • Fol 127 'Dewi Fardd' (f).
  • Of the above names, only a few can be identified with any certainty:

  • (a) Jones (John) [1700-1770], Dissenter of Carmarthen.
  • (b) Glynn (Richard), Rector of Llan Ederne, 1637. [Cf. Venn].
  • (c) Ffoulkes (Edward) D.D. [1697-1740]. [Cf. Venn].
  • (d) Ffoulkes (Robert), M.D. [1695-1771]. [Cf. Venn].
  • (e)(f) Jones (David), [1708-1785], poet and antiquary: his Bardic name was 'Dewi Fardd'.
  • Arrangement The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
    Acquisition Details Purchased 1907.
    Accession Number 19355
    Access Status Open
    Access Conditions The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material.
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    Language Welsh
    Physical Description 16 [18] ll. + 137 ff. 4to. 191/2 X 141/2 cm. Original vellum binding over wooden boards: rebacked. Some leaves are wanting at the end-probably three-as the latest foliation entered in the Index is 139. Two of the last section of the preliminary leaves have been cut out, and the other two are mutilated. The first un-numbered leaf is two-thirds cut away.
    Finding Aids Database description transcribed from S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).
    Copies Images of 3r and fo: 1 can be found on the Wellcome Images website, image numbers: L0049567-8
    Relevant Publications A transcript of this MS., made by I. Foulkes in 1888 from another MS. of this work, has been printed and edited very inadequately by Timothy Lewis, and published at Liverpool in 1924. (Copy in the Wellcome Library.) Lewis had not known of the existence of the present MS. until after his transcript had been sent to Press. Foulkes had stated that the MS. was the work of Sir Thomas Williams [1550?-1620?], but Lewis rejects this: though it does not seem impossible that it may be a contemporary copy of the 'book of medical directions and receipts' which R. Williams in Eminent Welshmen (p. 537) states was compiled by this Author.



    Formulas, recipes, etc.

    Subject Veterinary Medicine
    MaterialType Archives - Non-digital
    System No. 0dd4237d-4814-4903-90d1-4d1edfbb28ab