Plaid Cymru History

  • Golden Anniversary for Plaid in Pembrokeshire

    Plaid Cymru are to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of the party’s Maenclochog branch with a special evening of celebration on Thursday, 27 April (at 7:30pm in Maenclochog community hall).

    The branch was established in the wake of the famous Carmarthen by-election in July 1966 when Gwynfor Evans captured Plaid’s first-ever seat in Westminster.

    The evening will recall those events, but also look forward to the new challenges facing Pembrokeshire and Wales in the 21st century, said Hefin Wyn, who will be contesting a seat on the county council in the elections on 4 May.

    “We need to safeguard what we have in the face of torrid cuts forced on local government”, said Mr Wyn.  “In particular, Plaid councillors will scrutinize the workings of Pembrokeshire County Council – Plaid council members backed every attempt to discipline the former Chief Executive and opposed ...

    More 14/04/2017
  • Ifor Jenkins 1927 -2017

    ‘We won’t see his like again’

    A man like quicksilver would be the best description, someone who served his community at a number of levels for many years.

    Hundreds gathered at the funeral in St Michael’s Church, Tongwynlais, on March 20, with dozens listening outside. A mighty oak had fallen – Ifor George Jenkins had died at the age of 90. Tongwynlais Temperance Band performed in the service, the same band he had joined in 1953 when he played the cornet.

    Ifor Jenkins led the campaign to rebuild the old well.

    Ifor was born and brought up in Taff’s Well before going to Caerffili Boys’ Grammar School. As a youth he would dash to and fro carrying messages for the local police station, which is set to be rebuilt in the National History Museum at St Fagans.

    One day he walked into a recruitment ...

    More 31/03/2017
  • Conversation with Michael Williams, Tenby

    Michael Williams, Tenby

    Councillor Michael Williams, Tenby represents the Tenby North ward on the council and leads a determined group of Plaid Cymru members of Pembrokeshire County Council.  In this conversation with Plaid History Chairman Dafydd  Williams he describes how his life changed after he was persuaded to stand as a Plaid Cymru candidate by the late Wynne Samuel.







    More 28/11/2016
  • A tribute to Glyn Erasmus

    A tribute to Glyn Erasmus

    by Jim Criddle and his friends in Blackwood.

    Glyn Erasmus

    It was with shock and great sadness that Plaid Cymru learnt of the death of Glyn Erasmus. He died suddenly and totally unexpectedly at his home in Blackwood on the evening of Friday, January 15th.

    Glyn joined the party many years ago when being a member of Plaid Cymru in the valleys was neither fashionable nor a career move. He joined the party because he loved his country and enjoyed this challenge. He was a man who relished challenges. His professional work in engineering required him to travel frequently and often took him abroad which restricted his ability to contribute to Welsh politics, but when he became organiser to the CCBC Councillors’ Group he had the freedom to devote himself full-time to the national cause.

    Glyn had the gift of a ...

    More 01/03/2016
  • DJ and Noëlle: Shaping the Blaid

    The Plaid Cymru History Society is pleased to publish an extended version of the 2017 Spring Conference lecture delivered on Friday 3 March by D. Hywel Davies.

    Entitled ‘DJ and Noëlle: Shaping the Blaid’, the lecture examines the role of Dr DJ Davies and Dr Noëlle Davies, who both exerted a strong influence on the development of Plaid Cymru.

    Hywel Davies graduated in International Politics at University College, Aberystwyth and was a Research Student at University College, Cardiff. He is a former editor of the Merthyr Express and was also a television journalist and producer/director with HTV/ITV Wales and Nant Films. His book ‘The Welsh Nationalist Party, 1925-1945: A Call to Nationhood’ remains a classic text on the foundation and early decades of Plaid Cymru.

    ‘DJ and Noëlle: Shaping the Blaid’ – by Hywel Davies. A lecture to the Plaid Cymru History Society – ...

    More 14/04/2017
  • Syd Morgan – Wales and the Easter Rising

    Plaid Cymru History Society, 4pm Friday 21 October 2016

    Plaid Cymru Conference Llangollen Pavillion

    Wales and the Easter Rising – Jack White’s 1916 Mission

    Lecture by Syd Morgan



    In this Easter Rising centenary year, Wales has focussed on Frongoch concentration camp. However, there’s a second connection between the two nations. This shines light on how Labour reacted to the Rising, one which fixed the narrative of the Welsh Nationalist Party on both Ireland and Labour for decades. In April 1916, Jack White came on a fortnight’s mission to Jack WhiteGlamorgan to save James Connolly from execution. He failed; Connolly was shot the morning White was arrested.

    More 31/01/2017
  • DJ a Noelle Davies – EIsteddfod Lecture by Richard Wyn Jones


    DJDavies Hanes

    DJDavies 1958 Towards Freedom

    More 03/08/2016
  • Saunders Lewis, Plaid Cymru and Europe

    It is time for Saunders Lewis, as one of the greatest leaders of Wales’ national movement, to receive the recognition he is due, according to another former president of Plaid Cymru, Dafydd Wigley.

    The Plaid Cymru History Society is pleased to publish in its entirety the major lecture delivered by Dafydd Wigley under the title ‘Saunders Lewis, Plaid Cymru and Europe’.  The lecture, which took place in Penarth on Thursday, 19 November 2015 followed the unveiling of a blue plaque on the house in Westbourne Road where he spent a third of his life.

    Dafydd Wigley discusses Saunders Lewis’ vision of the rightful place of Wales in Europe; and examines his social philosophy – especially his call to distribute ownership of natural resources among the people so that neither the state, nor an individual nor a group of individuals, can oppress the families of the country economically.  How on earth therefore can ...

    More 11/01/2016