Though he was not a Welshman , he loved Wales , its church and people. When he was invited early in 1953 to become one of the vice-presidents of the national eisteddfod at Ystradgynlais ( 1954 ) his letter of acceptance was written in Welsh . A few minutes before he died, during the meetings of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales at Llandrindod , he had made a powerful speech, deploring the exodus of young Welsh priests to England . He was at his best among the students at St. Michael's College ; his quiet charm and sound learning influenced generations of ordinands.
He was well versed in antiquarian subjects, and had begun to study ecclesiastical architecture when he was a boy. He travelled on the continent to pursue this interest and wrote about the subject with deep knowledge. He wrote a guide to Llandaff cathedral , The Story of Llandaff Cathedral , 1930 , which went into five editions. He was a member of the Cambrian Archaeological Association and was elected President at Brecon in August 1957 for the session 1951-52 . He delivered a lecture on this occasion, basing his remarks on the history of Welsh saints according to the BL Vespasian A XIV manuscript. He edited The Letters of Osbert of Clare , 1929 . In 1946 he published An Anatomy of Joy , three sermons which he preached as the Select Preacher at Oxford in 1944-45 . He was Select Preacher at Cambridge in 1951 . In January 1953 he broadcast the Radio Lecture, Henry Vaughan , which was published by the B.B.C.
Although he was a shy, reserved bachelor, as a public speaker he could be both balanced and witty. Of attractive appearance, his saintliness was apparent to all who knew him. He died 23rd September 1953 and was buried at Brecon .
Mary Gwendoline Ellis, M.A., Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001