Plaid Cymru History

  • 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
  • Aneurin Richards 1923 – 2016

    ‘A man of principle’

    Jim Criddle pays tribute to Aneurin Richards

    Aneurin RichardsWilliam Aneurin Richards was Aneurin to everyone except his wife Hilda, who called him Bill. He was a Senior N.C.B. Mining Engineer from Capel Hendre but lived the majority of his life in Gwent. He was an Islwyn Borough councillor from 1973-1996 and a Gwent County councillor from 1977-1981. He was Plaid Cymru’s Westminster candidate for Abertillery in both the 1974 Westminster elections and for Islwyn in 1983 and 1987.

    The simple facts cannot of course give any real picture of the man he was. He was the man who brought Helen Mary Jones and Jocelyn Davies into the Party and ‘persuaded’ Allan Pritchard to stand for election. He was a man of principle, of high ability, of integrity and dignity. He was greatly respected by officers and members on both councils ...

    More 08/09/2016
  • 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
  • Remembering Two Pioneers

    Cofio GJ WilliamsElenid Jones, Wyn James and Emrys Roberts

    An evening event to commemorate the lives of two great pioneers of Welsh nationalism will take place in Gwaelod y Garth (at 7.30pm, Thursday 3 December 2015 in Bethlehem Chapel).

    The focus of the evening, arranged by the Plaid Cymru History Society, is Professor Griffith John Williams and his wife Elisabeth, who played a leading role in the foundation of Plaid Cymru in the 1920s.

    It was in their house in Bedwas Place, Penarth that a meeting was held in 1924, attended by Saunders Lewis and Ambrose Bebb, which led to the formation of Plaid Cymru the following year – with Elisabeth drafting the minutes of the meeting.

    Griffith John Williams (1892-1963) was a University professor, poet and Welsh scholar who achieved widespread recognition for his ground-breaking study of the career of Iolo Morgannwg.

    Among his ...

    More 10/11/2015
  • Wales and the Easter Rising – Conference Lecture

    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. This presentation examines White’s cri de cœur: “Connolly was shot by a British firing squad and socialism was murdered in Ireland with the connivance and negative assistance of British Left-Wing socialists”.

    More 03/10/2016
  • DJ a Noelle Davies – EIsteddfod Lecture by Richard Wyn Jones

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    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
  • Saunders Lewis remembered

    Blue plaque for Saunders Lewis’ home

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    Dadorchuddio Plac

    A plaque is being unveiled next week at the house where Saunders Lewis lived in Penarth to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.

    The event is being arranged by the local Plaid Cymru branch and the Plaid Cymru History Society, with the support of the current house owner, who has lived there since Mr Lewis died and who has preserved some of the furniture in his old study.

    The commemorative blue plaque will be unveiled by Dafydd Wigley at a ceremony at the house in Westbourne Road on Thursday afternoon, November 19.  Lord Wigley, a former MP and Assembly Member who was a bearer at Mr Lewis’ funeral, will also give a lecture on Mr Lewis’ life and legacy in the evening at Evenlode Primary School, Penarth.

    Mr Lewis was present at ...

    More 05/11/2015