PRESENTATION OF THE SOCIETY’S MEDAL TO ITS PRESIDENT, PROFESSOR PRYS MORGAN, 24 OCTOBER 2017
During a well-attended ceremony held at the Reform Club in central London on Tuesday, 24 October 2017, the Medal of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion was presented to its President, the historian, Professor Prys Morgan DL MA FSA FRHistS FLSW.
The Medal, which was awarded for the first time in 1883, provides formal acknowledgement of the contribution of many individuals who have given distinguished service to Wales in many walks of life. On the obverse is the coat of arms of the Society and its motto, Cared doeth yr encilion. On the reverse are the words, Wales, and all things great, wise and holy. A list of recipients can be found here.
Professor Morgan has given distinguished service to Wales and to learning and scholarship over a period of many years. In addition, he has made a noteworthy contribution to the work of this Society, including as Editor of the Transactions and, latterly, in the office of President. The inscription engraved on the rim of his Medal reads: Dyfarnwyd i’r Athro Prys Morgan yn 2017 am ei wasanaeth nodedig i Gymru, i ddysg, ac i Anrhydeddus Gymdeithas y Cymmrodorion (Awarded to Professor Prys Morgan in 2017 for his distinguished service to Wales, to learning, and to the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion).
After being welcomed by the Chair of the Society’s Council, Ceridwen Roberts OBE FAcSS FLSW, guests heard addresses from two of the President’s long-standing friends and colleagues, Professor The Lord Morgan of Aberdyfi DPhil DLitt FBA FRHistS FLSW, who focused on Prys Morgan’s work as an historian, and Professor M Wynn Thomas OBE FEA FLSW FBA, who spoke about his wider contribution to the cultural and intellectual life of Wales.
Following the formal presentation of the Medal by Ceridwen Roberts, Prys Morgan gave a response, saying that he had been very surprised to learn that the Society’s Council had chosen him to be a recipient of the Medal but that he was very pleased to accept it and that he did so on behalf of his family.
To close the formal part of the event, guests were treated to a delightful musical interlude by the harpist, Elin Kelly, a student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, who played Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn and other traditional Welsh airs.