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  • fl. first half of the 14th century
An anonymous scribe whose hand, designated ‘X86’ by Daniel Huws, has been identified in five Welsh manuscripts, of which the Book of Taliesin (Peniarth 2) may be the best known. Others are Peniarth 6 part 4 (Gereint), NLW MS 3036B (Brut y brenhinedd), and BL Cotton Cleopatra MS A xiv and Harley MS 4353 (both containing copies of the Cyfnerth recension of Cyfraith Hywel). It is not possible to pinpoint any particular monastic house with certainty, but he seems to have been active in the general area of southeast- or mid-Wales.
  • c. 1490–1549
English physician and author, who embarked on a journey through Europe and wrote a travel treatise The fyrste boke of the introduction of knowledge (completed in 1542). To Celticists, he may be known for his descriptions of Wales and Cornwall, which include some basic lexical information.