Druid Society

Synopsis:

A brief look at the Druid Society on Anglesey in the late 18th century.

Although the society title has, no doubt caused later speculations. The "Druid Society" was founded in 1772 at Beaumaris. Its membership according to the published lists included the local gentry such as Lord Buckley and members of the Clergy such as Rev W.J Cotton, and wealthy yeoman. They influence the locality performing social and community functions. These extended to Ynys Mon and along the north Wales coast and reached as far as present day Barmouth. Originally, the society meets, for social gatherings. However there rules of membership enabled it to raise sufficient capital to be redistributed to assist the community development in various ways.

The society contributed to financing the privilege via financial assistance, contributed towards training in recognised crafts. However, more to the point they were very keen to encourage and promote new agricultural practices and techniques. The Society put forward a prize capital in 1783 for the most prolific weighed clover seed crop. This was later extended to general farming husbandry where it rewarded the skills of the farmers who participated.

Another area which the society became involved with related to assisting financial contributed to save human life. The islands coast line and that of North Wales were the Druid Society mainly operated has a treacherous coastline. It to took its toll in the number of shipwrecks as later records show. The society further offered rewards to farmers along the coast, who was given an incentive of £10, if they were able to assist seamen in times of difficulty within rough seas. The overall innovation and society influenced and impact was localised.

Even though the society issued out Druid Medals of the medallion type, there involvement in the revival Druidism as its known today is in question.

Bibliography

Lloyd, J.E., The Dictionary of Welsh Biography Down to 1940, Blackwell Oxford, 1959

Jolliffe, M. 'The Druid Society of Anglesey 1772-1844' in Transaction of the Honourable Cymmrodorion Society, 1940 pp. 189-199

Last updated December, 2002


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