Gwyneddigion Society

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Gwyneddigion Society

 

Formed jointly by Robert Jones and Owen Jones (Owen Myfyr) in 1770 activites cented around London. Various critera existed concerning membership, as it was restricted to those welsh people in London whom had ancestory connected to North Wales. However an exception to this rule was Edward Williams (IoIo) from Glammogan whom gained a society membership. All communication during meetings were undertaken in cymreag/welsh additionally the love of the Harp and its music was also desirable.The society main interest was the cultural pursuits supporting various provincial esteddfodau such as Corwen (1789) and Caerwys (1798). It held specific responsibility as they became responsible for issuing licences to harpers and poets. In effect this gave them the position to act as reconised professional Bards. Another area of the society interest was the aim to promote Welsh literature along with its publication and those of manuscripts uncovered by its Society members.

© Astrocelt April 13, 2002

Bibliography

Davis, L. and Edwards A, Welsh life in the Eighteenth century, London. 1939

Meic, S., New Companion to the Literature of Wales, Cardiff, 1998