The Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion

Promoting the language, literature, arts and science of Wales




Thursday 9 November, 2023

The Society is sad to have learned of the recent death of Brynley Roberts, a longstanding member of the Cymmrodorion and former member of the Council, whose contribution to Welsh culture was immense. He was one of the foremost Welsh scholars of his generation, and his many publications and editions remain staples of the discipline of Celtic Studies.

We knew Brynley particularly through his work for the Cymmrodorion over many years. He was a most valued member of our Council and his work as co- editor of the Bywgraffiadur Cymreig and the Dictionary of Welsh Biography 1941- 1970 was so important in getting the DWB established as the key document celebrating people of importance in Wales. We know too that he went on working on entries even after he retired as editor and his contribution was massive. He was also the Librarian of the National Library of Wales from 1985 to 1994.

The presentation of the Society’s medal to Brynley in 2007 was recognition of his many achievements.