Welsh Ballads

For anyone interested in folk music, the Welsh language or the history of popular art.

Welsh Ballads

The ballad was at the height of its popularity in Wales in the 18th and 19th centuries and this collection links to around 20,000 examples of ballads and related drawings from the period.

Over the centuries the ballad has played an important and influential role in social and cultural life and this popular verse is an invaluable field of study for anyone interested in the language, literature, history, religion and music of modern Wales.

This collection is also networked to ballad collections from the Bodleian Library, National Library of Scotland and Glasgow University and holds information on 5000 different ballads.

How can this collection be used in teaching, studying and research?

Historians, sociologists, linguists and those interested in the study of music and lyrics will uncover a rich source of information on everyday Welsh life at the time.

Highlights from this collection

“Y Negroes” is a ballad supporting the abolition of slavery, dating from approximately 1830.

Y Negroes

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