Angharad James (1677–1749) was a farmer, harpist and poet.
She was born in Gelliffrydau farm at Baladeulyn in the Nantlle Valley on 16 July 1677. When still a young woman, she married William Prichard, a man far older than herself, who farmed Cwm Penamnen, a valley to the south of Dolwyddelan. She lived in Parlwr, or Tai Penamnen, a house which had earlier been a home to the Wynn family of Gwydir, for the remainder of her life, continuing to farm the valley after being widowed. The house is currently being uncovered by archaeologists.
She was buried on 25 August 1749 and is buried within the church of St. Gwyddelan in Dolwyddelan.
She was a skilled harpist who commanded her workers to dance to her playing as they returned from the milking.
She is notable as an early Welsh female poet. Due in part to the transcription work of one of James's correspondents, the poet and copyist Margaret Davies, manuscripts of James's work have survived and are held at the National Library of Wales. They include an elegy to her son who had died when 16 and another to her husband in the form of an imaginary dialogue.
- Nia Mai Jenkins, '‘A’i Gyrfa Megis Gwerful’: Bywyd a Gwaith Angharad James', Llên Cymru Volume 24 (2001)
- Owen Thomas, D. D., Cofiant Y Parchedig John Jones, Talsarn (Wrexham 1874)
- Sir John Wynn. History of the Gwydir family and memoirs. Edited by J. Gwynfor Jones. Llandysul : Gwasg Gomer, 1990.
- Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales and Monmouthshire – an inventory of the ancient monuments in Caernarvonshire, Volume 1 – East (1956), pp. 82,83
- "Dolwyddelan.org website". Retrieved 18 October 2009.
- John Ellis Jones, 'Bedd Angharad James O Benamnen, Dolwyddelan', Transactions of the Caernarvonshire Historical Society, Volume 45 (1984)
- Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan Women and their poetry in medieval Wales in Women and Literature in Britain 1150–1500 ed. Caroline Meale (1996)
- Chedgzoy, Kate (2007), Women's Writing in the British Atlantic World: Memory, Place and History, 1550–1700, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 70
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