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He was a member of the Gorsedd of Bards with the bardic name of Meurig Prysor , and was treasurer of the Gorsedd from 1925 to 1938 when he was elected Gorsedd Bard . He was attendant druid from 1947 to 1957 , and he narrowly missed election to the office of archdruid in 1955 . In 1955 he was made a Fellow of the Eisteddfod . He was a member of the National Council of Music , and chairman of Cymdeithas Caredigion Cerdd . He was a vice-president of the Hon. Soc. of Cymmrodorion .
After he had completed his foreign service in 1908 he began to study the New Testament in depth and published his first volume, St. Paul the orator , in 1910 . This was followed by The New Testament in the Twentieth Century , 1914 ; The Epistle to the Philippians , 1918 ; The Four Gospels , 1921 ; The Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians , 1923 . He contributed to many periodicals in Welsh and English . He was a renowned preacher . A short, slight man with red hair, he remained active and young in spirit to the end of his life. In 1940 and again in 1944 he was bombed out of his home in London . Failing to find a house, he accepted the living of Bradden , Northants , when he was 82 years of age.
He m. (1), in 1894 , Emily , dau. of Col. C.M. Longmore , of Gosport ; (2), in 1911 , Jennie Bell , dau. of Sidney Smith , of Gosport . They had 3 sons and 2 dau. He d. 7 Dec. 1957 at his home, 27 Gravel Hill , Addington , Surrey , and was bur. in the churchyard there.
Mary Gwendoline Ellis, M.A., Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001