• 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 by Emeritus Professor Prys Morgan that Harri Webb had succeeded in achieving great popularity as a poet.

    “His work was mainly through the medium of the English language, but no-one was a more warm-hearted Welshman than Harri Webb”.

    Flowers were laid at the grave by Guto Ap Gwent, Kittle.


  • Films of the Eisteddfod

    Berian Williams, Hirwaun, was a keen follower of the Eisteddfod and brought his cine camera to the event on numerous occasions.

    Here is the 1974 Carmarthen Eisteddfod film :- Linc 

    It’s obvious form looking at the film that many people knew Berian and were willing to smile to the camera. How many famous people can you spot?

    Berian was a Botany and Science teacher at Liverpool, Chester and Narberth.  He then became a lecturer at Aberystwyth University. He translated many books from English to  Welsh. He died in 2015.


  • Who Was Dafydd Iwan’s Grandfather?

    The Reverend Fred Jones (1877-1948) was one of the six founding fathers of Plaid Cymru who launched the party at a historic meeting at Pwllheli in 1925 and one of the famous Cilie family of poets from Ceredigion.  He worked as a minister in Rhymni, Treorci and Tal-y-bont Ceredigion and was a lifelong nationalist.

    Dafydd Iwan has agreed to speak about his grandfather’s history in a special meeting of the Plaid Cymru History Society in the Annual Conference in Swansea at 4.40pm in the Grand Circle Bar on Friday 4 October 2019.

    He will speak in Welsh with simultaneous translation into English.

  • 2019 Newsletter

    Read the Plaid Cymru History Society Newsletter –

    2019.05 Plaid History Newsletter 

  • 1967 Rhondda By-election Remembered


    Many thanks to the family of the late Vic Davies, Rhondda, for donating to Plaid History a truly inspirational collection of material concerning the Rhondda West by-election that took place over half a century ago.

    The collection includes a scrapbook of press cuttings that recall the dramatic contest in 1967 when Vic Davies succeeded in slashing Labour’s towering majority from seventeen thousand to just 2,306 votes, a swing of 29 per cent to Plaid Cymru.

    1967 Rhondda By-election

    There are a number of valuable telegrams and letters, including congratulations from Plaid Cymru president Gwynfor Evans, who had been returned as MP for Carmarthen the previous year.

    1967 Llongyfarch Vic Davies

    The collection also includes a letter from the SNP’s Dr Andrew Lees of Bearsden near Glasgow inviting Vic Davies to travel to Scotland to support Winifred Ewing’s campaign in the Hamilton by-election – in particular by accompanying her down a local coal mine.  Winnie Ewing had met Vic a few weeks previously in the Plaid Conference in Dolgellau.

    It is clear from the contents of the collection that Vic accepted the invitation, went down the coal mine and also addressed a by-election rally.  A handwritten letter from Winnie Ewing ...

  • New Novel Charts Course To Devolution

    New Novel Charts Course To Devolution

    Book review by Dafydd Williams, Plaid Cymru General Secretary, 1971-1993 and Chairman of the Plaid Cymru History Association

    If you want to know about the crucial decades leading up to the successful 1997 devolution referendum, this is the book for you.  ‘Ten Million Stars Are Burning’ is the enigmatic title of the newly published novel by the well known writer and political commentator John Osmond. 

    Osmond sets himself an ambitious task – to tell how the people of Wales struggled to come to terms with their identity during the last quarter of the twentieth century; and in particular how the disaster of 1979 turned into the hard-won victory of 1997.

    To accomplish this, he uses the vehicle of a documentary novel, with two main fictional characters – along with a host of real-life players, who speak to us from the past in their own words, as recorded in interview and archive material.  This is the first of a trilogy, and covers the period between 1973 and 1979. 

    There are heroes and villains galore, over two hundred of them.  On the side ...

  • Remembering Phil Williams Tribute by Dafydd Williams

    At a special meeting in the Cardiff National Eisteddfod on Thursday, 9 August 2018,  Plaid Cymru celebrated the life of the late Professor Phil Williams, the party’s candidate in the Caerffili by-election fifty years ago.

    At the meeting, organised by the Plaid Cymru History Society, tributes were paid by Dafydd Williams and Cynog Dafis with a contribution by Dafydd Wigley.

    Remembering Phil Williams

    A tribute by Dafydd Williams, Chairman, Plaid Cymru History Society

    It is difficult to believe that fifteen years have passed since we mourned the loss of Phil Williams.  And for my generation, it is also difficult to believe that a whole half a century has gone by since that historic by-election in the Caerffili constituency.  We still await a worthy biography, and hopefully that will arrive in due course.  But much has been written by and about this remarkable figure – so much in fact that the problem is what to leave out.  It is good that Cynog Dafis is with us today to look at Phil’s contribution to our understanding of the importance of the environment, one of the great causes of his busy life.


  • Remembering Phil Williams (1939 – 2003) in the Cardiff Eisteddfod

    Plaid Cymru will celebrate the life of the late Professor Phil Williams, the party’s candidate in the Caerffili by-election fifty years ago with a special meeting in the Cardiff National Eisteddfod (at 11:45am, Thursday, 9 August 2018).

    The meeting, organised by the Plaid Cymru History Society, will take place in the Eisteddfod’s Societies 3 room in the Senedd, Cardiff Bay.

    “Phil Williams inspired a whole generation to realise what Wales could achieve – if we win the right as a nation to govern our own lives,” said the Plaid History chairman and former party general secretary Dafydd Williams.

    Former Ceredigion MP and Assembly Member Cynog Dafis and Dafydd Williams will be leading discussion of Phil Williams’ contribution to Wales.

    Translation facilities from Welsh to English will be available.


  • Tributes to Plaid Cymru ‘Anchor Man’

    Tributes have been paid at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Ynys Môn 2017 to Elwyn Roberts – one of the key figures in the development of Plaid Cymru during the 20th century.

    In a session arranged by the Plaid Cymru History Society the party’s Honorary President Dafydd Wigley said that Elwyn Roberts was an inspiration to a new generation.

    “He was a wholly practical nationalist who believed that success would be based on a sound political foundation”, he said.

    Brought up in Abergynolwyn, Meirionnydd Elwyn Roberts was the son of a quarryman.  He worked for a bank after leaving school and became a member of Plaid Cymru in its early days – setting up a party branch ...

  • Plaid Conference Lecture

    “Relevance of the writings of Drs DJ and Noelle Davies to Wales today”

    Darlithydd/Lecturer            Dr Hywel Davies

    Cadeirydd /Chair                Steffan Lewis AC

                     4pm Friday 3 Mawrth

                   Room 2 Dance Studio*

    Translation facilities will be available

    *Dim sodlau stiletto/*no stiletto heels


  • 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”.

  • 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 anyone claim that Saunders Lewis belongs to the extreme right wing?

    The contents of the lecture are based on an earlier version delivered to Canolfan Hanes Uwch Gwyrfai, and we are grateful to members of the centre for their kind cooperation in publishing this extended version.  It is intended to publish ...

  • Remembering Two Pioneers

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    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 works was a pamphlet published by Plaid Cymru entitled ‘The Welsh Tradition of Gwent’ which set out the old county of Monmouthshire’s claim to be Welsh decades before its status was secured.

    His wife Elisabeth was also recognised for her staunch support ...

  • Exhibition

    An Exhibiton at the 2015 Conference was prepared by the National Library of Wales and Plaid Cymru History Society to mark 90 years since the Blaid was established.

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    The Welsh Political Archive

    The Welsh Political Archive is a dedicated programme in the National Library of Wales to collect, store, catalogue and promote the use of archives that reflect the political life of Wales. Many of the political archives are personal collections of well-known political figures as well as the formal records of the political parties, campaign groups, referendum campaigns, business groups and labour movements.

    Plaid Cymru History

    The material in this exhibition is taken from the following collections in the National Library of Wales

    • Plaid Cymru Archive
    • The Welsh Political Archive
    • Geoff Charles Photograph Collection
  • Into The Fray – Scotland 2014

    Into The Fray

    by Alan Jobbins.

    2014m09Alan Jobbins YesPlaid History secretary Alan Jobbins travelled with Owen John and Sian Thomas to Scotland to help the Yes campaign in Scotland’s independence referendum. Here is his story.

    Landing at Glasgow I wondered what was in store for Owen & Sian and myself. Glasgow being almost solid Labour land, what hope could there be for a ‘Yes’ vote?

    We were quickly into the fray. Canvassing, leafleting houses and streets, singing and chanting with flash mobs – plus knocking up and polling booth duty. A particular memory was canvassing in a deprived area where voter after vote said ‘Yes’.

    The ‘Yes’ Campaign was marvellous, well-organised, hard working – and even feeding us.

    Late night St. Georges Square was inspirational with flags, bands, speeches and cheering. Even the shouting of a group of Loyalists waving Union flags only added to our good mood.

    The result in Glasgow was for us – and another Referendum is inevitable. But when? Aided by the antics of Cameron and the other Unionist parties, before long.

    Photo: Alan Jobbins in Glasgow – backing the Yes campaign

  • Were you in Scotland?

    2014 Leanne Alban Scores if not hundreds of Plaid members made their way north to help Yes Scotland in their fight for independence. Were you one of them? If so do you have a story we could publish on the Plaid History website ( We would welcome a note telling us where you went, any anecdote and a photo if possible. Please send to Dafydd Williams (

  • History of Plaid Cymru – John Davies

    Introduces the historian
    John Davies Lecture
    “Plaid Cymru : The Last 50 Years”
    Aneurin Sports Bar
    26 June 2014
    Admission £10 (including food)
    Tickets from   Huw Jackson 02920  864979
    (All proceeds to Plaid Cymru Caerffili Election Funds)

  • Penarth meeting led to formation of Plaid Cymru

    A special event was held to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the first meeting of The Welsh Movement, the group which led to the formation of Plaid Cymru.

    The historic, secret meeting was held in Bedwas   Place in Penarth on January 7, 1924, and led by the lecturer and dramatist, Saunders Lewis, who lived in Penarth for many years.

    At this month’s event, guest speaker Professor Richard Wyn Jones spoke of the importance of the meetings held by the group and how they led to links with Nationalists in north Wales and the official formation of Plaid Cymru the following year.

    He explained how policies drawn up by the group became the policies of Plaid Cymru in its early years.

    As well as Saunders Lewis, the first historic meeting was attended by the historian, Ambrose Bebb, and the owners of the house in which it was held, the historian and Welsh scholar, G. J. Williams, and his wife, Elizabeth.

    This month’s event, organised by the Plaid Cymru History Society and the Penarth Branch of Plaid Cymru, was attended by about a hundred people, including a television crew.

    A packed room at the Windsor Arms heard Penarth Branch Chairman Adrian Roper welcome Prof Jones, party members and ...

  • Women in Plaid Exhibition

    In the Annual Conference the History Society had prepared an exhibition of Women in Plaid Cymru – The Early Years




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  • Annual Pilgrimage to Gwynfor Memorial

    Join us this year on Saturday 14 September 2013.


    Gather at car park of Ysgol Tregib, Llandeilo, SA19 6TB at 4.00pm.

    Proceed to memorial. Brief Presentation.

    Then at 7.00pm.

    Evening of entertainment with ‘Jac y Do’ and buffet at the Mountain Gate, Rhydaman.

    Only £15 with all profit to Gwynfor Memorial Fund.

    Pre booking needed for evening.

    01269 842151

  • 2013 Meetings


    National Eisteddfod  Denbigh & District 2013

       Lewis Valentine

    Arwel Vittle

    Monday , 3.30pm , 5th August, Pabell y Cymdeithasau2 / Societies Tent 2

    Translation facilities

    Plaid Cymru Conference 11th / 12th October , Aberystwyth

    More details

    Meeting , Friday , 4.30pm , 11th October 

     Translation facilities

    Your ideas  for further developing  our society are always welcome, Also, as are your suggestions for the lectures or trip for the session at the Summer School & the October  Conference    .


  • Plaid Cymru CDs

    Plaid Cymru – CDs

    1960- 1973

    Cynhadledd P.C. Conference

    Theatr Brycheiniog 14-15 Medi / Sept. 2012

    The CDs will be on sale for £5.00 at the Association of Councillors Stand.

    Also at the Society’s meeting, 15 September, Saturday, 4.30pm

    CDs can can also be  ordered by post for £5 from

    Plaid History  , 47, Wingfield Rd, Caerdydd CF14 1NJ. Cheque  payable to Plaid History Society

  • Voices of the Women in Plaid Cymru

    The Plaid Cymru History Society is keen to hear the voices of the women of Plaid Cymru. Do you have any stories, photos or archive you’d like to share with us? Get in touch! We’re now on Facebook under ‘Hanes Plaid Cymru History’ or you can email me direct on

  • Commemorating J E Jones

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    During the annual conference in Llandudno in September 2011, the Plaid Cymru History Society organised a meeting to commemorate the life of JE Jones, who served as party General Secretary between 1930 and 1962.  The address by the Chair of the society and one of his successors in the post, Dafydd Williams is now available in the Publications secyion of this website.

  • Two Nations’ Struggle Recalled

    This year’s successful Plaid Cymru Summer School at Glanllyn near Bala, Meirionnydd in July 2011 marked two significant events in the history of both Wales and Ireland.2011 Frongoch

    A visit led by local Gwynedd County Councillor Elwyn Edwards viewed the Tryweryn Valley reservoir and the village of Fron-goch – the site of a camp built to house 1,800 Irish internees following the 1916 Easter Rising.

    The Irish prisoners, including Republican leaders Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith, were held at Fron-goch for six months during which the camp gained the title of the University of Revolution, with prisoners taking part in clandestine instruction in guerrilla tactics as well as classes in both the Irish and Welsh languages.  The scene is commemorated by a roadside plaque in Irish, Welsh and English unveiled in 2002.

    Summer School students also visited the dam and memorial chapel of the nearby Tryweryn reservoir whose construction destroyed the Welsh-speaking community of Capel Celyn despite strenuous opposition in Wales.  Councillor Edwards, who was brought up in the area, recalled how local people had fought the drowning, for which the ...

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    2011 Deffro

  • Gwilym Hughes Cartoons


    Gwilym Hughes was an art teacher at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, Rhyl.  He was an excellent cartoonist who subtly made his point. Here are two cartoons which appeared in the Welsh Nation portraying Alec Douglas Home and Harold Wilson perfectly. 
       Gwilym Hughes won an election to Rhyl Civic Council.

  • The Reverend Fred Jones (1877-1948) one founders of Plaid Cymru

    The Reverend Fred Jones (1877-1948) was one of the six founding fathers of Plaid Cymru who launched the party at a historic meeting at Pwllheli in 1925 and one of the famous Cilie family of poets from Ceredigion.  He worked as a minister in Rhymni, Treorci and Tal-y-bont Ceredigion and was a lifelong nationalist.

    Dafydd Iwan delivering a lecture on the career of his grandfather, Fred Jones, one of the founding members of Plaid Cymru.  Also in the picture is Ben Lake MP, who took the chair at the Plaid History session on 4 October during the party’s 2019 annual conference in Swansea.


  • (Cymraeg) Sefydlu Plaid Cymru – Olrhain y Cefndir

    How Plaid Cymru Was Founded – Tracing The Background

    This year’s National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst will include a session focussing on the turbulent period that led up to the foundation of Plaid Cymru in 1925.

    The celebrated author T Robin Chapman will trace the history of the events preceding the launch of the party in a lecture promoted by the Plaid Cymru History Society.

    The Society’s chairman Dr Dafydd Williams says that the events of the early 1920s are highly relevant for contemporary Wales.

    Robin Chapman is a noted author and historian, whose work includes biographies of both Islwyn Ffowc Elis, published in 2005 and Saunders Lewis (2007).

    The lecture will be delivered in Welsh in Pabell y Cymdeithasau 2, on Thursday 8 August at 12:30pm.

  • The Life of Wynne Samuel

    Pioneer Patriot – The Life of Wynne Samuel

    ‘A man of immense talent who worked heart and soul for Wales’ – that is the thumbnail sketch of Wynne Samuel, one of Plaid’s early champions.  It comes from the opening lines of this portrait of a pioneer nationalist – at one time considered a potential leader of Wales’ national movement.

    This tribute by Plaid History chairman Dafydd Williams traces the course of Wynne’s extraordinary career, and for the first time publishes a number of new photographs and documents.  It is based on an illustrated lecture delivered at Plaid Cymru’s conference in Cardigan on Friday 5 October 2018, but has been substantially amended and expanded.  You can read it here.

    Link > Life of Wynne SAMUEL

  • The Syd Morgan Interview

    Syd Morgan has been closely involved in Plaid Cymru’s struggle for five decades – since the days he ran a nationalist magazine in Swansea University in the 1960s.  He gave up a post in university administration to become a full-time organiser for the party in the Rhymney Valley – and one of the councillors who formed one of the first Plaid administrations in the South Wales valleys.  You can hear more about his work for the national movement in this interview with Plaid History chairman Dafydd Williams here.

    Syd Morgan (on the left, above), Plaid candidate in the Pontypridd by-election, February, 1989  

  • Plaid Remembers Wynne Samuel

    A special session will take place in next month’s Plaid Cymru annual conference to honour the memory of the late Dr Wynne Samuel.

    Born in Ystalyfera in the Swansea Valley, Wynne Samuel helped lay the foundations of Plaid Cymru in the South Wales valleys and became one of the party’s first ever councillors when he won a seat on Pontardawe Rural District Council in 1946.

    He went on to become a barrister and a leading expert on local government, and at one time was considered alongside Gwynfor Evans as a potential leader of Plaid Cymru.  In 1965, he was appointed as Town Clerk – or chief executive – of Tenby Borough Council in Pembrokeshire, and later on he became secretary and driving force behind the Association of Welsh Community and Town Councils.

    Wynne Samuel’s service will be commemorated in an illustrated lecture organised by the Plaid Cymru History Society and delivered by the society chairman Dr Dafydd Williams.

    ” Wynne Samuel was one of the towering figures of 20th century Plaid Cymru”, said Dr Williams, who served as the party’s general secretary between 1971 and 1993.  “It is high time his outstanding service to Wales and our local communities was accorded proper recognition”. 

    The lecture ...

  • Remembering Phil Williams A tribute by Cynog Dafis

    At a special meeting in the Cardiff National Eisteddfod on Thursday, 9 August 2018,  Plaid Cymru celebrated the life of the late Professor Phil Williams, the party’s candidate in the Caerffili by-election fifty years ago.

    At the meeting, organised by the Plaid Cymru History Society, tributes were paid by Dafydd Williams and Cynog Dafis with a contribution by Dafydd Wigley.

    Remembering Phil Williams

    A tribute by Cynog Dafis

    I could speak all day about Phil, wondrous polymath as he was, but I have only a brief 15 minutes and I want to concentrate on his very particular contribution to green issues – the most crucial subject – if I may  venture to say, of every subject in the world.

    But there is no way I can omit some special memories.

    I have a clear recollection of the first time I ever saw him – in the Plaid Summer School in Llangollen in 1961, a pint of beer in his hand, and his face shining as he joined in the singing that resounded through the bar, Welsh singing of course.  We usually think of Phil as ...

  • John Osmond Book Launch

    Members of Plaid Cymru History Society are invited to the conference launch of the newly published novel ‘Ten Million Stars Are Burning’ in Plaid Cymru’s Spring Conference in the Pavilion, Llangollen at 4:45pm Friday 23 March 2018.

    The book is the first of a trilogy by the well-known writer and commentator John Osmond. It traces the big changes in Wales between the two devolution referenda of 1979 and 1997, through the eyes of two fictional characters – and a host of real-life players! John will be in conversation with the Chair of the Society, Dafydd Williams.


  • 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 – Newport, Gwent, March 3, 2017

    When I was 21, not so long ago, only some 51 years, I took a degree in International Politics at Aberystwyth. That’s what I wanted to do. I had already been a member ...

  • 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.

  • DJ a Noelle Davies – EIsteddfod Lecture by Richard Wyn Jones


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    DJDavies 1958 Towards Freedom

  • Plaid Cymru Timeline

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  • Saunders Lewis remembered

    Blue plaque for Saunders Lewis’ home


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    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 the meeting in Bedwas Place, Penarth, in 1924 which led to the formation of Plaid Cymru the following year.  He was a founder member of the party and ...

  • Scottish Referendwm

    Among the many people from Wales who travelled north to help the campaign for Scottish independence were Gwerfyl Hughes Jones, Llanuwchllyn and Mari Evans and Dafydd Williams from Swansea.  This is an unofficial record of their referendum week.

    Monday 15 September 2014

    ‘Pob lwc’ – all the best was the encouraging farewell as we left Bala for Scotland a few days before the independence referendum, the first time for a century for one of the Celtic nations to challenge the might of the British state.

    We had heard that Dumfries and the border areas were lukewarm, so crossing the Scots border gave a boost.  There were at least as many Yes as No posters along the road, and it seemed that the temperature increased the further north we travelled towards the small town of Balerno on the outskirts of Edinburgh, the home of our friend Morag Dunbar, who is well acquainted with Wales.

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    Tuesday 16 September

    We reported for duty at the office of Gordon MacDonald, SNP member of the Scottish parliament.  This was the Yes Scotland headquarters for the Edinburgh Pentlands constituency.  The organisation was truly impressive, with plenty of work ...

  • Photographer presents pictures from the 1960’s

    1964 Meirion yn Diolch i Gwynfor
    1964 Meirion yn Diolch i Gwynfor

    The photographer Tudur Owen, from Croesor, has presented a series of pictures dating back to 1964 to the Plaid Cymru History Society.  Among the photographs are the Adoption Meeting of Elystan Morgan as a candidate in 1964, celebrations in the Plaid Cymru conference in 1966 following Gwynfor Evans’ by-election breakthrough, the Rhondda West and Caerffili campaigns of 1967 and 1968 and Dafydd Wigley’s campaign in Meirionnydd in 1970.

    Plaid History Chair Dafydd Williams said, “This collection is a substantial addition to the archive and its great to see all the activity and buzz of the 1960s era brought to life in these photos.

    “It’s interesting to see the presence of Winnie Ewing and a contingent of friends from the SNP in these images, in several memorable campaigns – a sure sign of the ties between our two national movements over the years.

  • DJ Williams

    DJ Williams AbergwaunEisteddfod 2014 – Pabell y Cymdeithasau 2 at 3:30pm, Wednesday, 6 August

    With Simultaneous Translation


    The achievements of one of Wales’ best loved twentieth century writers will be celebrated during the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli.

    A memorial lecture will mark the life of D.J. Williams (1885-1970), one of Carmarthenshire’s most famous literary figures and a staunch nationalist who was brought up in Penrhiw, Llansawel.
    At the age of 16 he left his childhood home for the mining valleys, working underground before becoming a teacher and carving out a distinguished career as an author.

    ‘D.J.’ was a dedicated nationalist and one of those who founded Plaid Cymru in 1925. Together with Saunders Lewis and Lewis Valentine, he helped in the celebrated burning of the bombing school at Penyberth, for which he was sentenced to a gaol sentence ...


    Listen to Phillip Lloyd talking about about Plaid Cymru’s illegal broadcasts in the ‘50s & ‘60’s on John Hardy’s S4C programme , ‘Cadw Cwmni’ . The interview will be also be broadcast on Saturday 25th January at 2.00 pm with on screen sub titles

    The Fascist Party in Wales? Plaid Cymru, Welsh Nationalism and the Accusation of Fascism (University of Wales Press)
    This English translation of “Y Blaid Ffasgaidd yng Nghymru”: Plaid Cymru a’r Cyhuddiad o Ffasgaeth (Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru) by Professor Richard Wyn Jones will be published 20th May 2014

  • First Newsletter of History Society

    2013 NewsletterThe first issue of the History Society’s Newsletter has been published.

    You can read it here  >>  Newsletter

  • Penarth’s Secret Role in Welsh History

    Penarth’s secret role in Welsh history.

    Tuesday, 7th January 2014, Windsor Arms, Windsor Rd. Penarth, 7.30pm.

    Lecture by Prof. Richard Wyn Jones and a buffet to follow to remember the occasion, 90 years ago, of the first meeting of the ’ Welsh Movement’ which led to the foundation of Plaid Cymru.

    Tickets £10.00. Post your cheque to Alan Jobbins, 47  Wingfield Rd. Eglwys Newydd, Caerdydd CF14 1NJ

    Saunders Lewis Ambrose Bebb

    An event to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the first meeting of Y Mudiad Cymreig/The Welsh Movement, which led to the formation of Plaid Cymru the following year, is being held in Penarth in January.

    The historic meeting was held at 11, Bedwas   Place in Penarth on the evening of January 7th, 1924, and the commemorative event is being held at the Windsor Arms on Tuesday, January 7 (7.30pm).

    It is being organised jointly by the Plaid Cymru History Society and the Penarth Branch of Plaid Cymru.

    The guest speaker will be Professor Richard Wyn Jones, the eminent historian, political commentator, author and broadcaster.

    At the 1924 meeting, a small group of nationalists, led by the ...

  • Talk about Free Wales Radio




    Illustrated talk by Philip Lloyd

     Radio Free Wales

    Radio Ceiliog

    The story of illegal broadcasting – the fight for Plaid Cymru’s right to have party political broadcasts.

    Clwb Rygbi Caerffili  –  Caerffili Rugby Club

    Thursday, September 26th at 7:30

    Mynediad am Ddim  –  Free Admission

    Croeso cynnes i bawb – A warm welcome to you all

  • Archive from Swansea

  • History of Plaid in Môn 1925 – 1987

    Meeting: Spring Conference  1 March 2013

    Bikes, Barbicues,  &  Lifeboat  Llannerchymedd : History of Plaid in Mon  1925-1987

    Gerwyn James

    Friday, 4.30pm

    I’m  a native of Anglesey and was brought up in the Star area in the parish of Penmynydd but have lived in Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll since 1977. For many years I was a history teacher  in Pwllheli and later in Tryfan Bangor.  At present I’m a part-time tutor with the W.D.A.  Lately I’ve been involved in writing a book called Y Rhwyg (the Wrench). It.s about  the history of the Great War in this part f the island which will be published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch in the Summer.

    My latest project is the history of Plaid on Anglesey – in the hope that this will appear soon 

    I have been a Plaid member since 1973 and have been involved in canvasing distributing leaflets and knocking on doors since the 1974 election.

    Everyone Welcome

  • 2012 Conference

    Plaid Cymru Conference  – Theatr Brycheiniog  Aberhonddu

    Saturday, , 15th September, 4.30pm

    Translation facilities

    Plaid’s pirate radio broadcasts : Beating the Broadcast Ban

    Emrys Roberts, Former , Plaid General Secretary

    D.J. Williams’ speech at Ysgol Preseli , 1964

    Berian Wiiliams , Recordwr y cyfarfod

    Recording Plaid Memories  , Caerffili , Summer 2012

    Ben Jones , Leader , Pilot Scheme

  • Publishing Leaflets and Booklets

    Plaid Cymru History Society is collecting old Plaid publications. During and after J.E.Jones’ period as Secretary the leaders of Plaid Cymru were very active setting out their position and vision for the furture of Wales.

    The publications that have recently been put on the Society’s website include ‘Wales as an Economic Entity’ and ‘TV in Wales’ by Gwynfor Evans and  ‘Self-Government’ by Phil Williams.

    Also on the website there are a number of leaflets from the 1960s including the 1966 By-election and Vic Davies’ By-election in the Rhondda.

  • Conference 2011 Meeting

    10th September – Saturday: 4.30pm

    Venue Cymru, Llandudno


    J.E. JONES

    ‘Pensaer Plaid Cymru’ – ‘Plaid Cymru Architect’

    gan by

    Dafydd Williams

    J E Jones took up the position of General Secretary Plaid Cymru in 1930, five years after the formation of the party. He was to remain at his post for thirty years, a period that witnessed the burning of the bombing school at Penyberth and the campaigns to defend the Epynt Mountain and  Cwm Tryweryn .

    In this presentation, another former General Secretary will look at the unique career  of the man who became known as the architect of Plaid Cymru.

  • Inaugural Lecture March 2011

    2011 Cynhadledd

    D. Hywel Davies, who delivered the inaugural lecture at the spring conference meeting of the Plaid Cymru History Society on 25 March 2011, pictured with celebrated historian Dr John Davies (centre) and Plaid Honorary President Dafydd Wigley (right). (Photo courtesy of Dic Jones, Swansea East Plaid Cymru.)

    The inaugural lecture by D.Hywel Davies can be read in the Articles section of the website.