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Meinir Ffransis (born 8 April 1950), née Evans, is a Welsh political activist, best known for her activities as a prominent member of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (The Welsh Language Society). She served jail sentences for various offences while campaigning for recognition for the Welsh language.

Meinir Ffransis is one of the three daughters and seven children of the first Plaid Cymru MP and one-time party leader, Gwynfor Evans, and his wife, Rhiannon Prys Thomas, both of whom died in 2005. Her political career began when, aged sixteen, she campaigned for her father in the Carmarthen by-election, 1966, when he took the seat from Labour.[1] It was suggested that the loss of the seat in 1970 was partly due to his daughter's involvement in vigorous protests by the Welsh language Society that same year.[2]

She married Ffred Ffransis, also a keen campaigner for Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg.[3] The couple became notorious for their frequent brushes with the law during the 1970s, with Meinir on one occasion being jailed for defacing a TV transmitter during the campaign for a Welsh-language TV channel.[4] They have seven children: five daughters (Lleucu Meinir, Carys Rhian, Angharad Clwyd, Gwenno Teifi and Siriol Teifi) and two sons (Hedd Gwynfor and Ioan Teifi). In 2006, their daughter, Gwenno Teifi, was jailed for refusing to pay compensation to a local radio station, Radio Carmarthenshire, for criminal damage, becoming the first Welsh-language activist to be convicted and imprisoned for eleven years.[5] Another daughter, Lleucu Meinir, was involved in a public protest in Grangetown, Cardiff, for refusing to pay parking fines notified to her in the English language only.[6]

Ffransis appeared in a Welsh-language TV drama documentary about her father in 2013.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Martin Shipton (14 July 2006). "Words that marked triumph of a Welsh hero". WalesOnline. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Gwynfor Evans". The Telegraph. 22 April 2005. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  3. ^ Donley T. Studlar; Jerold L. Waltman (1 October 1984). Dilemmas of Change in British Politics. Palgrave Macmillan UK. pp. 149–. ISBN 978-1-349-17575-8.
  4. ^ "Richard Gwynfor Evans". The Scotsman. 28 April 2005. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  5. ^ Hywel Trewyn (19 April 2013). "First language protester locked up in 11 years". Daily Post. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  6. ^ Hannah Waldram (17 August 2010). "Five-hour car protest over police force's use of Welsh language". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  7. ^ Aled Blake (26 March 2013). "Gwynfor Evans drama forms centrepiece of S4C 30th anniversary". WalesOnline. Retrieved 11 June 2018.