He was a colleague of the poet and scholar Gruffudd Hiraethog.
In 1568 Queen Elizabeth I of England appointed a commission to control the activities of "minstrels, rhymers and bards", in Wales. They were summoned to meet at Caerwys and Simwnt Fychan was appointed "pencerdd", i.e. the senior bard.
- Adam Fox & Daniel Woolf - The Spoken Word: Oral Culture in Britain, 1500-1850
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