The field of study which first attracted him was the scholarship and culture of Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire , as shown by his earlier publications, viz. Iaco ap Dewi, 1648-1722 ( 1953 ); ‘ Ben Simon ’, N.L.W. Jnl. , 5; ‘ Halsingod Dyffryn Teifi ’, Eurgrawn , 1941 . His wide reading and culture enabled him to place emphasis on the contemporary history and literature of the books and periods which he studied. He had recourse to his extensive knowledge of English literature when discussing the literature of Wales , as revealed particularly in his many reviews in The Welsh Review , Traethodydd , Llenor and Llen Cymru . But even though he took a great interest in the works of the early bards ( Gogynfeirdd ) and the Arthurian legend (topics on which he lectured), his main field of research became the history of Welsh prose from the Renaissance to the 18th c. , with particular attention to the 17th c. He published Rhagymadroddion 1547-1659 ( 1951 ); an edition of Theophilus Evans , Drych y prif oesoedd, 1716 ( 1961 ); Theophilus Evans a Drych y prif oesoedd ( 1963 ); Gweithiau William Williams, Pantycelyn, II , prose ( 1967 ); and numerous articles in Welsh journals, as well as a number of contributions to The Dictionary of Welsh Biography . His other main fields of research included the history of the Welsh Wesleyan Methodists and early Welsh hymnology. His wide reading was evident in all his work which was also characterised by discerning criticism and sound judgement.
Dr Brynley Francis Roberts, Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001