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Hwfa Môn

Archdruid, poet and adjudicator – Hwfa Môn from Rhostrehwfa near Llangefni was one of the most prominent characters of the National Eisteddfod. Everything about him was large – his physique, his voice and his self-confidence. He won six Eisteddfod chairs and made an impression on everyone who met him. According to Hywel Teifi Edwards, this was a man ‘who had been created to fill immensities’. Text by Bedwyr Rees for the Lle Hanes exhibition, National Eisteddfod 2017.    

Hwfa Môn (Rowland Williams), the Archdruid, at the Liverpool Eisteddfod, 1900.
Hwfa Môn attracting attention on the Maen Llog at the Cardiff Eisteddfod, 1899.
A ‘Gorsedd of the Bards’ toy produced by Vale of Clwyd Toys, about 1915.
A portrait of Hwfa Môn in his new regalia by Hubert von Herkomer, 1896. While Hwfa Môn was the Archdruid between 1894-1905, a revival of the Gorsedd of the Bards took place. The Archdruid’s regalia was designed anew by an artist originally...
A drawing of Hwfa Môn by Hubert von Herkomer, 1895. The Archdruid’s hat was like a bishop’s mitre before Herkomer redesigned the regalia. While Hwfa Môn was the Archdruid between 1894-1905, a revival of the Gorsedd of the Bards took place. The...
A depiction of an ‘archdruid’ in Henry Rowland’s book, Mona Antiqua Restaurata, 1723. Such images inspired Herkomer whilst designing the Archdruid’s costume. Whilst Hwfa Môn was the Archdruid between 1894-1905, a revival of the Gorsedd of...
Worn by the Archdruid of the Gorsedd until 1959. A list of wearers supplied to the Museum by Archdruid Cynan in 1960 states that Hwfa Môn was the first to wear this regalia in 1895. However, photographs and illustrations of Hwfa Mon's robes suggest otherwise....
Oil painting in the collections of Newport Museum and Art Gallery
The Mold Eisteddfod chair, 1873. Awarded to Hwfa Môn for his awdl on the subject ‘Caradoc in Rome’. Reference number: DF103576 - DF103583
Robe and stole worn by the Archdruid of the Gorsedd between 1986-2009. The motifs on the stole were embroidered by Mair Roderick and Mair Rees. Eirlys Jones made the gold lace.
Painted wooden toy models of the 1914 Gorsedd of the Bards. Made by the Vale of Clwyd Toy Factory in Trefnant. The company provided employment for wounded soldiers during and after the First World War. As a result of the outbreak of war, the Bangor National...
Hwfa Môn by Christopher Williams, 1904.
Eisteddfod chair won by Roland Williams (bardic name 'Hwfa Môn') at the 1878 Eisteddfod in Birkenhead. Bequest by Dr. Owen Pritchard. These images depict the chair post conservation. Image reference number: DF103522 - DF103531
Eisteddfod chair awarded to Roland Williams (bardic name 'Hwfa Môn') at the 1878 Eisteddfod in Birkenhead. Bequest by Dr. Owen Pritchard. These images depict the chair prior to its conservation. Image reference number: DF103446 -DF103446
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