Morganwg, Iolo

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Morganwg, Iolo Gender: M
Edward Williams
born on 21 March 1747 at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )
Place Cowbridge, Wales, 51n28, 3w27
Timezone LMT m3w27 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 00°16' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 22°05 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 26°05'

Iolo Morganwg


Welsh antiquarian, poet, collector, and literary forger. He was widely considered a leading collector and expert on medieval Welsh literature in his day, but after his death on 18 December 1826 it was revealed that he had forged a large number of his manuscripts.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Iolo Morganwg, Volume 1" by Griffith John Williams (Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru, 1956), p. 1: "Iolo Morganwg was born plain Edward Williams, according to himself, in March 1746, that is 1747 in modern style, in a cottage at Pennon." Time from him in an autobiographical draft quoted in "The truth against the world: Iolo Morganwg and Romantic forgery." by Mary-Ann Constantine (University of Wales Press, 2007), p. 2: "I was born ... on the 21st day of March (New Stile) 1747 at six o'clock in the morning at the same instant as I have been told that the rising sun appeared."


  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Other Criminal (Literary forger)
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Historian (Antiquary)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet