Origin of the name GWENDDYDD.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name GWENDDYDD.
Welsh Arthurian name meaning "morning-star." (An
English and Welsh Dictionary, Walters, 1828)
Myrddin ap Morvryn,
often called Merlin the Wild, was a Bard not inferior to the prophetic
and magical fame of his great predecessor, Myrddin Emrys.
He was born at Caerwerthevin, near the forest of Celyddon,
or Dunkell, in Scotland; where he possessed a great estate, which
he lost in the war of his Lord Gwenddolau ap Ceidio, and Aeddan
Vradog against Rhydderch Hael. His misfortunes in
Scotland drove him to Wales: and there is now extant a poetical dialogue
between him and his preceptor Taliesin. He was present at
the battle of Camlan, in the year 542, where, fighting under the
banner of King Arthur, he accidentally slew his own nephew, the
son of his sister Gwenddydd. In consequence of this
calamity, he was seized with madness, which affected him every other
hour. He fled back into Scotland, and concealed himself in the
woods of that country, where, in an interval of recollection, he
composed the a poem, which has many beauties, and is strongly tinctured
with the enthusiasm of frenzy... "... Sweet apple-tree, covered
with delicate bloom, growing unseen in the sequestered woods! early with
the dawn have I heard that the high-commissioned chief of Menwydd
was offended with me; twice, three times, alas! four times in the same
day have I heard this; it rung in my ears ere the sun had marked the
hour of noon. O Jesus! why was I not taken away by destruction,
ere it was the sad fate of my hand to kill the son of Gwenddydd?...
" (Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards, Jones,