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Evans, William (Wil Ifan o Fôn), Pentraeth, papurau (papers)

Reference code(s): GB 0221 WM 1635

Held at: Anglesey Archives

Title: Papurau William Evans (Wil Ifan o Fôn), Pentraeth

Short Title: Evans, William (Wil Ifan o Fôn), Pentraeth, papurau (papers)

Creation date(s): 1908-1951

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.105 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): William Evans (Wil Ifan o Fôn)


Administrative/Biographical history: William Evans ('Wil Ifan o Fôn') (1876-1952), antiquarian, poet and sewing machine agent, was from Pentraeth, Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey. After serving overseas in the Army, he returned to Pentraeth, working as a stonemason. He researched the history of the bardic tradition of Wales and the Druids, publishing many books, including Bonedd y Cymry (Llangefni, [1916]) and Bards of the Island of Britain (Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey, 1930), and many articles, in which he argued that there was a real continuity of the tradition from the Druids, and as a result became involved in controversies with those who held that the modern Gorsedd was essentially an invention of Iolo Morganwg. He created a Gorsedd circle in his garden.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers, 1908-1951, including an article by John Eilian on Wil Ifan o Fôn, 1950; a newspaper cutting showing Evans' private bardic circle, 1950; article by Wil Ifan o Fôn in Y Ford Gron, 1934; book and manuscript, The Bards of the Isle of Britain, [1930]; typescript of 'With the Romans to the West', [20th century]; manuscripts, including englynion and poems, 1919-1945; newspaper cuttings relating to Iolo Morganwg, Gorsedd of the Bards and others, 1937-1939; correspondence, 1927-1951; printed plan of land division in Anglesey by Evans, [20th century]; photographs of Meini Hirion, Anglesey, 1927; tenancy agreements, 1921, 1933; correspondence with people with similar interests, 1939-1951; publications of interest, [20th century].


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office and the National Register of Archives. It is the policy of Gwasanaeth Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Archives Service to catalogue in the language of the document.

Language codes: weleng


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been appraised for retention.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Not known



Note: Title compiled from content of fonds William Evans (Wil Ifan o Fôn) is not the same person as Rev. William Evans (Wil Ifan, 1882-1968).

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office, Minor Lists; Pentraeth Community School website (, viewed 7 June 2003.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2003

Druids and druidism
Evans, William, | Wil Ifan o Fôn, | 1876-1952 | Archives
Rites and ceremonies | Wales
Wales | History
Wales | History | To 1063
Welsh poetry | 20th century

Personal names
Evans , William , 1876-1952 , Wil Ifan o Fôn

Corporate names

Pentraeth (Wales)

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