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BRAWDGARWCH CENEDLGAROL- DIFYRRWCH LLENYDDOL CYMDEITHASAU CYMRY LLUNDEINIG Y DDEUNAWFED GANRIF

London’s eighteenth-century Welsh societies – the Cymmrodorion and the Gwyneddigion Societies in particular – have held the fascination of generations of academics and readers. The societies’ role as architects of Welsh nationhood is an unassailable strand in the scholarly narratives about them, as is their reputation for conviviality. The songs and prose squibs that society members wrote and performed for one another have received little scholarly attention and are, therefore, less well known than the societies’ literary and antiquarian publications. A celebration of the homosocial excesses of lewdness and drinking, this body of literature is seemingly incompatible with the established narrative of the societies’ Enlightenment beginnings and lofty status as benefactors of Wales and the Welsh language, yet it includes themes and intertextual references that speak to a tight intersection between the convivial and antiquarian activities of London’s Welsh Societies.

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