She was a woman of great character and personality. She began writing poems, articles and stories for publication in 1896 when a poem appeared in Wales , and continued to do so until about 1940 . Her work appeared in countless magazines including The Gentleman's Magazine , c. 1905 , The Field and the Queen , c. 1905-14 , The Bookman , Fishing Gazette , 1923-31 , T.P.'s and Cassell's Weekly , 1927 , Every woman's world ( Toronto ), Western Home monthly ( Winnipeg ), etc.; and in The Western Mail , The Cambrian News and other newspapers. Among her books are Picturesque Aberayron ( 1899 ), and A guide to Aberaeron and Aeron valley ( 1922 ). She taught herself Welsh and was a diligent reader ( 1924-33 ) of Lewis Glyn Cothi 's works for a dictionary of the Welsh language, Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru . Her translation of portions of the poems of Dafydd ap Gwilym appeared in The life and poems of Dafydd ap Gwilym ( 1915 ). Essays on ‘ Theatres of West Wales ’ and ‘ From Neuaddlwyd to Madagascar ’ (in Welsh ) are among her MSS in the National Library of Wales . She became an authority on Welsh folklore . Her story ‘ Hywel of Claerwen ’ was published in the transactions of Bangor national eisteddfod 1902 , and others appeared in Dream folk and fancies ( 1926 ). Her best known work, Out with the Cambrians ( 1934 ), is a record of outings with the Cambrian Antiquarian Society , of which she was a committee member for many years. She became a member of the Gorsedd in 1916 and was a member of the court of governors of U.C.W. and N.L.W. from 1940 .
Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001