His importance in the history of Wales is entirely overshadowed by that of his wife. AUGUSTA WADDINGTON was b. 21 March 1802 , the younger daughter of Benjamin Waddington of Ty Uchaf , Llanover , and of Georgina Port , a great-niece of Mrs. Delaney . On her marriage with Benjamin Hall the neighbouring estates of Llanover and Aber-carn were united. Her sister had already m. baron Bunsen (later German ambassador to Great Britain ) whose circle was interested in Celtic studies. In 1834 she won a prize at a Cardiff eisteddfod for an essay on the Welsh language, and at this time seems to have adopted the pseudonym Gwenynen Gwent . Under the influence of Thomas Price ( Carnhuanawc) she became an early member of ‘ Cymreigyddion y Fenni .’ Although she spoke but little Welsh she organized her household on what were considered Welsh lines and gave Welsh titles to her servants. She was a patron of the Welsh Manuscripts Society and of the Welsh Collegiate Institution at Llandovery . She acquired the manuscripts of Edward Williams ( Iolo Morganwg ) now in the National Library of Wales , by purchase from Taliesin Williams ( Taliesin ab Iolo ) . She collaborated with Maria Jane Williams , Aber-pergwm ( see Williams of Aberpergwm ) and Brinley Richards in a collection of Welsh airs . She gave financial assistance to D. Silvan Evans in connection with his dictionary. Her other main interests were temperance work and a militant protestantism . She endowed two Calvinistic Methodist churches , Capel Rhyd-y-meirch and Aber-carn , where services were to be conducted in Welsh [but with a liturgy based upon the Book of Common Prayer ]. She edited the Autobiography and Correspondence of Mrs. Delaney in six volumes ( 1861 and 1862 ), and published a medley, Good Cookery … and Recipes communicated by the Hermit of the Cell of St. Gover … 1867 , with illustrations by herself, and coloured plates illustrating Welsh female costumes ( c. 1843 ). She survived her husband by over twenty-eight years and d. 17 Jan. 1896 .
Her only surviving child, Augusta , m. 12 Nov. 1846 , Arthur Jones of Llanarth , of an old Roman Catholic family which later assumed the name of Herbert . Their son, Major-General Sir IVOR CARADOC HERBERT ( 1851 - 1934 ), became baron Treowen in 1917 . He presented the Llanover MSS. to the National Library of Wales in 1916 .
Emeritus Professor David Williams, D.Litt., (1900-78), Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959