Plaid Cymru History

  • Menna Battle, Gentle Warrior 1949 – 2020

    Menna Battle, Gentle Warrior

    Tribute by Lindsay Whittle

    A dark January day – Plaid Cymru members, family, friends and neighbours lined the streets to pay their last respects to Menna Battle, a stalwart of Caerffili for decades.

    Originally from the village of Glynneath a village she retained contact with all her life.

    Menna eventually settled in Caerffili. A proud and passionate nationalist she threw herself into the cause. She was Secretary of Penyrheol branch and served as Constituency secretary for 17 years.

    She was elected to Penyrheol Community Council and served her community unstintingly.  When she decided to “retire” she moved to Abertridwr where of course she became branch secretary and yes, elected on to Aber Valley Community Council.  Her partner of 30 years John (bach) Roberts is the County Councillor.

    To say she was involved in her community would be ...

    More 03/02/2021
  • Tributes to Ioan Roberts 1941 – 2019


    Hundreds of people – from Ireland, Scotland and every part of Wales – attended the funeral of the author, journalist and noted nationalist Ioan Roberts in Chwilog, Gwynedd on Saturday 4 January 2020.

    Ioan played a key role inthe work of Plaid Cymru from the 1960s on – not as candidate or lead official but as a talented, creative and prolific writer.  He was responsible for most of the election literature of former Plaid president Dafydd Wigley, who also pays tribute to his sense of humour – alway seeing the amusing side in events, circumstances and people that most of us wouldn’t have spotted.

    Here you can find copies of the tributes paid by the Chairman of Plaid Cymru, Alun Ffred Jones, former General Secretary Dafydd Williams, the Archdruid Myrddin ap Dafydd – a ...

    More 03/01/2021
  • Harri Webb – Sunday Supplement

    Vaughan Roderick discussing the poet Harri Webb with Peter Finch on Sunday Supplement 13 September 2020

    More 17/09/2020
  • 2021 Newsletter

    The 2021 Newsletter has been published

    Read it here > Spring_2021_Hanes_Plaid_Newsletter


    More 30/01/2021
  • Michael Sheen’s View of Welsh History

    More 08/11/2020
  • Remembering Harri Webb 1920 -1994

    The 100th anniversary of the birth of the celebrated nationalist poet Harri Webb has been marked with the laying of flowers at his grave at St Mary’s Church, Pennard, Gower (12 noon Monday 7 September 2020). 

    Harri Webb was born in Swansea at 45 Tycoch Road and grew up in Catherine Street near the centre of the city.  His family had strong links with the Gower peninsula.

    He became a leading figure in Plaid Cymru, editing the party’s newspaper Welsh Nation and standing as its candidate at Pontypool in the general election of 1970.

    Harri Webb came to prominence as a poet during the 1960s, when political nationalism was beginning to make headway in the industrial valleys of South Wales, and became a regular contributor to the magazine Poetry Wales.

    The gathering at Pennard was told ...

    More 07/09/2020