Mathew Kidwell practices as a solicitor in the field of energy and public infrastructure development. He has lately taken up a new role as a partner of Blake Morgan which, as Morgan Bruce & Nicholas (and its successor-styles), has long been one of Wales’s leading law firms. Mathew commenced his professional career with this firm in 1989, and subsequently practiced law in Wales, before moving to work in London and overseas. He moved back to London in 2010 following lengthy resident postings in the Middle East and Brazil. He now divides his time between Blake Morgan’s Cardiff and London offices.
Mathew joined the Cymmrodorion in 2011, and his primary area of interest lies in Welsh history. This stems from his own family roots principally in the Swansea Valley, Carmarthenshire and North Pembrokeshire. This interest was nourished at University of St. Andrews (Scotland), where he read Mediaeval History, graduating with a First Class MA degree in 1987. As part of his degree, he made a special study of “Marches and Marcher Lords”, and wrote his master’s thesis comparing the experiences of the Welsh, Scottish and Normandy-France marches. At St. Andrews, he was privileged to hear a series of lectures by the late Professor Sir Rees Davies who was a regular visitor. His university studies inspired a deep and enduring interest in Welsh history, and led him to undertake an immersion Welsh language course at Lampeter.
His interests in the cultural and literary life and heritage of Wales extend well beyond history, and include topics related to literature, paintings and visual art, media, films and broadcasting, theatre, music, society and folk traditions, place-names, public and constitutional law, religious and ecclesiastical matters, and the Welsh in London. He a member of the Welsh Place-Name Society.
Mathew is married to Tanya, and they have a young daughter (Arianwen), as well as two grown-up children.