He was deeply interested in the art of penillion singing and won the first prize at Swansea national eisteddfod for the penillion solo in 1926 . He became a member of the Gorsedd the same year. In the field of Welsh culture he owed much to the influence of T. Gwynn Jones , the Francis brothers of Nantlle , and T.D. James (‘ Iago Erfyl ’) , the talented and scholarly rector of Llanerfyl in the 1920s . At Bala in 1934 he founded the Cymdeithas Cerdd Dant and he was the society's secretary until 1949 when he was chosen to be Recorder of the Gorsedd . He succeeded Geoffrey Crawshay (‘ Sieffre o Gyfarthfa ’, see above) as Herald Bard and was also Recorder and Chief Bard of the Powys Gorsedd for many years. Apart from his contribution to the eisteddfod and Cymdeithas Cerdd Dant , he held evening classes on Welsh history and literature for over thirty years and laboured untiringly to safeguard and advance the Welsh life of his adopted county .
He published Bywyd Cymdeithasol Cymru yn y Ddeunawfed Ganrif ( 1931 ) and a volume of poetry, Rhigwm i'r Hogiau ( 1949 ), as well as essays, articles and radio scripts etc. He died in Mynytho on 7 Jan. 1968 , and was buried at Pen-y-groes .
Canon Geraint Vaughan-Jones, Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001