He was an historian of note who gave many lectures in the surrounding districts on local history , and he was one of the founders and president ( 1947-57 ) of Caernarfonshire Historical Society . He composed two historical plays in cynghanedd , countless cywyddau and englynion . Among his numerous booklets are Cerddi gogan — beirdd newydd ( 1904-06 ), Hanes pentref Rhostryfan ( 1926 ), Breision hanes o 1688 hyd 1720 , ( 1928 ), Olion hynafol ( 1944 ) and a volume of school songs. He printed and bound some of his booklets himself. Many articles written by him appeared in local periodicals and papers, particularly in Y Genedl , where an occasional argument arose between him and his friend Bob Owen (see Owen , Robert , above ), demonstrating the more disciplined and academic method of Gilbert Williams of studying history. He was also a contributor to The Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 . A selection of his work was published ( Gareth Haulfryn Williams , ed.) in Moel Tryfan i'r Traeth ( 1983 ). He received an hon. M.A. degree of the University of Wales in 1930 for his contribution to the history of the nation. Some of his MSS. are in the Caernarfon Record Office and the National Library of Wales . He d. a bachelor, 10 Oct. 1966 , at his home, Tal-y-bont , Rhostryfan .
Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth
Gareth Haulfryn Williams, Caernarfon
Published date: 2001