1789 and the Gwyneddigion Eisteddfodau

Corwen, 1789

Silver gorget awarded at the Corwen eisteddfod, 1789
Silver gorget awarded to Gwallter Mechain at an eisteddfod in Corwen in 1789, which marked the renaissance of the eisteddfodic movement in Wales.

However, no subject had been set for the eisteddfod in Corwen in May of that year. The poets were to compete spontaneously, according to tradition and custom. That May, the winning poet was Gwallter Mechain, the Reverend Walter Davies, famous in his day.

He had been given quite an advantage, because Thomas Jones of Corwen had told Gwallter Mechain beforehand what the subject of the competition would be. And so he won the prize, this gorget, for spontaneous poetic composition. The other poets were not at all happy.

Listen to a video narrative in Welsh by Hywel Teifi Edwards: