Bard's Memorial

The Bards’ Memorial is the Arts & Crafts style garden shelter in the grounds of Plas Newydd. It was built in 1958 to celebrate the life and work of three local poets, Jonathan Hughes (Bardd Pengwern) (1721-1805), Thomas Jones (Taliesin o Eifion) (1820-1876) and William Roberts (Gwilym Ceiriog) (1858-1919). Jonathan Hughes is regarded as the ‘father’ of the modern eisteddfod, winning the chair at an eisteddfod held at the ‘King’s Head’ (now the ‘Royal Hotel’) in Llangollen in 1789. Taliesin o Eifion was awarded the first ‘black chair’ (i.e. posthumous) at the Wrexham National Eisteddfod in 1876 and Gwilym Ceiriog won the chair at the National Eisteddfod, Carmarthen in 1911. A bilingual book on the life and work of the three poets was published in 2012. Copies are available from Plas Newydd shop, Courtyard Books, Castle Street, Llangollen Museum or by post from Hanes-Llangollen-History, price £4.95 (£5.95 incl p&p). Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Photo Hanes-Llangollen-History.


More information: & Remembering the Bards/Cofio’r Beirdd, Nia Rhosier, Hanes-Llangollen-History

Image gallery, left to right: Taliesin o Eifion, Jonathan Hughes & Gwilym Ceiriog.