He came deeply under the influence of the Druidic ‘fever’ that affected some persons at that time, and read many books on the religions of the East; he believed that Christianity was but Druidism in a Jewish garb. In consequence, as he claimed to have succeeded to the post of archdruid after the death in 1847 of Taliesin Williams , son of Iolo Morganwg , he began, c. 1853 , to hold religious and druidical services near the ‘ Maen Chwyf ’ ( the Rocking Stone ) at Pontypridd . These meetings were held at the time of the two equinoxes and the two solstices, and the practice continued to be a Glamorgan feature (much to the grief of some local ministers of religion) for about a quarter of a century. Myfyr Morganwg published several books dealing with Druidism . Nevertheless, he was regarded by several of his contemporaries as an authority on history and antiquities , and he was one of the persons appointed to adjudicate on the essays on the ‘ Madogwys ’ (the descendants of the Madoc who, it was alleged, had discovered America some centuries before Christopher Columbus reached the West Indies ) at the Llangollen eisteddfod of 1858, where he appeared on the platform wearing a ‘ Druidical egg ’ on his bosom.
He d. at his home at Pontypridd , 23 Feb. 1888 . Some of his manuscripts are in the Cardiff Public Library , whilst some letters sent by him to Thomas Stephens and Jonathan Reynolds are in the National Library of Wales .
Emeritus Professor Griffith John Williams, M.A., (1892-1963), Gwaelod-y-garth, Cardiff
Published date: 1959