Welsh Manuscripts Society

The Welsh Manuscripts Society, also known as the Society for the Publication of Ancient Welsh Manuscripts, was an organisation formed in Abergavenny, Wales, in 1837.[1]

It was led by prominent members of the clergy and other notables including Taliesin Williams. It had the purpose of collecting, studying, and, as a text publication society, of publishing manuscripts relating to the ancient poetry, prose and historiography of Britain and Wales.[2]

Its final publication was Barddas; or, a collection of original documents, illustrative of the theology, wisdom and usages of the Bardo-Druidic system of the isle of Britain, edited and translated by Rev. John Williams (Ab Ithel). The first volume appeared in 1862; and the second volume, in an incomplete form, in 1874.


  1. ^ Meic Stephens (23 September 1998). The New Companion to the Literature of Wales. University of Wales Press. ISBN 978-0-7083-1383-1. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  2. ^ Dillwyn Miles (1992). The Secret of the Bards of the Isle of Britain. Gwasg Dinefwr Press. ISBN 978-0-9519926-0-9. Retrieved 24 October 2012.

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