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Cuddio Rhestr Erthyglau

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HISTORY AND ARCH- EOLOGY IN FLINTSHIRE. MR H. LEWIS, M P., AND THE RECORDS OF THE COUNTY. FORMATION OF A HISTORICAL SOCIETY. The suggestion put forward at the spring Sloe-ting of the Prestatyn Cymmrodoxion So- ciety bv Mr Herbert -Lewis, M.P., that a Society should be formed to take up the study of the amkajoicgy and history of his native county of Fiint took root in favourable soil, has now borne fruit. The Ilev. Meredith J. B'-igiit-s, vicar of the parish, and president of the (ymmrooorion, presided on Saturday over a v.v Li-attended meeting at Prostatyn, at •*Uic.!i Mi Herbert Lewis was present, and a Historical Society was by resolu- tion established. Among the .Letters received &x>m suppojrters of the movement unable to j*5 present were oommunieationjs from Lord yn, Canon Rupert II. Harris (the editor "Arcliseologia Cambrensis"), Mr A. N. palmer, Professor Bosaliquet, of Liverpool; professor F. T. Havcrli<>jd (Camden, Pro- of History at Oxford;, Principal iihys, Oxford; and Dr. James Williams, of Lia- Çoln Colleg-e. Oxford. Chairman, in introducing the sub- let. mentioned that in a leisure hour he •had drawn up a list of thirty eminent men -intshixe under the first eight letters of *'he .alphabet only, including Llaiydd ap Ld- llrWnt of Hanmer, the chaired bard of the S^-ut Carmarthen Eisteddfod, which con- tifiUvd for fifteen days, under the patronage of ivchvard IV. Hafydd Hdu Hiraddng, an jenxinent and learned "poet, of Tremeirchion; ■ywolyn ap Grulfydd, the last of the Sove- Princes of Wales, who, for many years, ilved on paternal estate, at Maesmvnau, ^&a- Caerwys. The biographical section of ]'i:story of Flintshire, added the Chair- ?an}; /s extraordinary rich, and offers a >e:a::hv field for research. A COUNTY HISTORY DESIRABLE. Mr Herbert Lewis, in moving th-at the So- ciety be foirmed, asked whether there was for 8uc.h an institution, whether it ^°u'"i, if formed, do any good, and whether was an opportune time to form it. He 5"* t.liat the answer should be "Y«e" to 3II rr^°e <1ueetions. A history of the county was ~"Oufc to be published, but what was really was a history written, like the Vic- r°r:«ri series of county histories of England, Tom a comprehensive and scientific point of Jow. Until they got that they could not have a. county history for the schools which yOu-M be really of extreme value. He saw ^■ently a li of Berkshire for the 7^ 1oc>2s, a comparatively small book, written a Berkshire iieodmaeter, which would be of interest to the children of the ~°lUii1v, and would make their county to them akT' entity. Flintshire geography was bout to be published, so that the children know something of the geography of l<;ir own county. When he was a boy lie ^tuaHy thought the land which lay ove.r on Cheshire side of the Dee was Iscraiandy. knew a great, deal more about Normandy he did about Cheshire (laughter). If, -addition to teaching them about th-o geo- §^aphy 0f tLeir own county they could know c,liing about its history and about the ^a-tccrs of its men, a very useful work °Uld be done (applause). The county was ficlx in historical associations and monu- lklellL of all kinds, and the study of them be very interesting, and if they could in the pa-st a'nd forget all the squabbles ,tho present that also would be a good in itself (applause). It would be an thing, too, to link up ail the work- in archssoiogical research iu the county, to orrng tbem into touch with and to know other. Many problems awaited solu- 12- For instance, there was the problem t tlie route of the great Roman road from fester to Caerhun. The other day he «uonght he had stumbled upon one of the 'Gnaneeting links, buit he felt it would be too of a risk to make any announcement ^pon that subject on that occasion. I!hcy ^">uld first 01 all turn their attention to was in (Langer of perishing, and with a ^2^ to securing and recording as much as ^66lWo of the folklore and folk-song of the ??Uuty they should be particularly polite to the men •and women over eighty years of 491 (laughter and applause). 1 Henry Taylor, of Chester, seconded the Proposal, and gave an interesting address, the course of which he touched briefly upon *°Us tranches of research awaiting the "tention and the efforts of workers. Ewloe asti,e, quite close to Hawarden Castle, was ]1<e said, by Llywelyn ap Gruifydd. -^i"Ward I. formed the county of Flint, and t'S-ehed it to the sword of Chester. Ches- 4tU" held it by right of the sword. The Princes Wales were at an early pc.riod created ■"■^i'ls of Chester and Flint. All the records gating to that county palatine were lying ?^th the swords of the county of Chester. •The Record Society of Lancashire and Ghe- rcoently issued a volume of the Cham- "erlain's accounts for 1301 and 1340, but it Q-Bajtted tho&e relating to Flint. These de- tails would, if published, give an immense raas.s of historical information. Further, an -Iixlation of material lay dormant in the ^aiisions of the oounty. Lady Mostyn, of Ia;acre, Lad told him that she would be per- toet,]y willing to allow the records at her ■^uso to be examined. A NATIONAL MOVEMENT. Mr W. Llewelyn Williams, M.P., who was present at the invitation of Mr Herbert -^■ewis, viewed the movement for the forma- ^Oij of the new society for the county as a Part of the national movement that was going on throughout Wales. A similar so- ciety was at work in his native oounty of Carmarthen. Flintshire, being a border county, had. a romantic story to unfold. He did not know till that day that LlyweJyn ap Gruffydd had built a oastie so near ilawar- Jl, a.nd the fact explained how it was that the firing of the castle at Eawar&n was to "6 the signal for the last insurrection—the fifst act in the last struggle to maintain the independence of WoAes. One of the most in- teres ting Welshmen in the time of Elizabeth wa.s a certain Roger Smith, who printed at Rouen in 1565 a Welsh grammar by Arch- bishop Griffith Roberts, of Milan. Nobody knew what part of Wales Roger Smith came foom, but he was probably a Flintshire man. Here was a problem for the new society. Possibly in the Talac-re manuscripts some- thing would be found which would clinch the Matter (applause). Mr E. A. Acton gave an aocount of the excavations which have been carried out at Holt with a view to determining the route by which the Roman legions first entered Wales. With great deference he expressed the opinion, that the route would be found to be through Montgomery and out to the 0oa4t at Aberdovey, and not along the ooast from the Dee, as had hitherto been Assumed. Mr L. J. Roberts, H.M.I., who had been snvittd as the president of the Rhyl Cym- rod or ion Society, cordially supported "the resolution, and added that he would also like to see branches of the Cymmrodorion Society formed all over Wales, such as now existed at Prestatyn and RJiyJ. The forthcoming book on Flintshire was a careful compilation. lie believed the author resided in the Haw- ardea district. He happened to adjudicate upon the work at Llangollen Eisteddfod. Some omissions had now been supplied, and the result was an excellent work, which would give the children something to go upon in the study of the history of their own oounty (applause). y After remarks by Mr Peter Roberts, Mold, the resolution was carried unanimously. It was decided to fix the membership fee at 5s a year, and to establish a separate fund for publications. Lord Mostyn was elcctpd pre- sident, and the Bishop of St. Asaph, Mx P. P. Pennant, Mr Herbert Lewis, M.P., and M,r, J. W. Summers, M.P., were appointed vice-presidents. Mr R. H. Hughes was ap- pointed hon. treasurer, and Messrs Goronwy Jones, Caradoc Williams, and Hugh Edwards joint hon. secretaries. Lady Mostyn, of Talacre, started the pUib- lication fund with a donation of .£20. OFFICERS. On the motion of Mr C. J. Batters, seconded by Mr E. Pitahfoird, Lord Mostyn was elected preeideM, with the Bishop of St. Asaph, Mr P. P. PerwvaJit, Mr J. 1-1. Lewis, M.P., and Mr J. W. Summers, M.P., aa vice-presidents. Mr T. Peimant Williams proposed, the Rev. F Jewell seconded, and it was agreed that the following form 'the oouncilj of the society, power beiinig' given thean to add! to their number: The Earl of Denbigh, Lord Ken yon, Sir Pyers aajd Lady Mosiyn, Sir Charles McLaren, K.C., M.P., Mr J. Eldon Bankes, K.C., Mr P. T. Daviea- Cooke, Rev. John Fisher, Miss Hefea Glad- stone, MIs J. Harbert Lewis, Mr W. G. 0. Gladstone, Mr Hugh Peel, Mr HetBry Taylor, Mr M. A. Ralli, Mr A. N. Palmer. Mr peter Roberto, Mold, Mr Acton, Colonel Ilowwd, C.B. The Rev. Ben Williams moved the o-ppoint- mernt of the following as an executive commit- tee with power to add to their number, and the motion was agreed tP ;-Mr Henry Taylor, Miss Marjorie Taylor, MLr and Mrs C. J. 13atters> Miss DaviesCooke, Coloniendy, Mold, Revs. Meredith J. Hughes, T. 0. Jones (TryfanJ. 0. W. Townsend, F. Hook, and Messrs S. Prks, E. J. Williams, G. W. Jones, J no. Hughes, Goionwy Jones, A. Caradoo WilliamSj W.^ C. P.okering, T. Pennant WiiHams, T. W. Hughes, Peter Roberts, Mold, W. Owen, Downing, Roddick, A. Foulkes Roberts, and J. M. Ed- wards. Mr H. R. Hughes, North and. South Wales Bank, Prestatyn, was, on the motion of Lady Mostyn, seconded by Mr Jno. Hughes, appoint- j ed treasurer; and Messrs Goionwy J-anœ, A. Cara-dico Williams, and Hugh Edwards (Huwco Pcuinaen) vei-e, ori the morion of Mrs Lewis, seconded by Mrs Batters, appointed joint secre- taries. JMrs Lewis. expressed the hope that the secretaries would as soon as possible set about the preparation of a directory or relerence book oil Fiiuitsliire matters. Much pleasure was occasioned by the an- nouncement that Lady Mostyn had given j620 by way of starting the society's publication fund. Her ladyship was very -cordially thanked for this practical demonstration of her interest in the society, on the motion of Mr J. H. Lewis, sceoudiod by Mr Henry Taylor. The company were subsequently entertained to tea by Mr and Mrs J. 11. Lewis, who wero accorded a hearty vove of thanks for their hospi- tality on the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Lady Most.ya. The Chairman was also warmly thanked for his services on the proposi- tion of Mr T. Parry Williams.

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