I’ve been digging up fossils from Aberystwyth for the last two weeks or so. I have been meaning to do this for a long time, because during the course of my blogging I could not fail to notice how many corrupt lawyers and judges who had been great friends to the paedophiles of north Wales and their friends were graduates of Aberystwyth. I hadn’t noticed this until I began the blog, I think because I have known one or two excellent lawyers who trained at Aber and I always believed that the institutionalised corruption that I witnessed was emanating from rather more exalted locations than Aberystwyth. When I did notice how many names on this blog were Aber graduates I presumed that was simply a function of much of the material on this blog being concerned with shenanigans in a Welsh context, so naturally there’d be a lot of people who were educated at Welsh universities involved. Then I realised that even that didn’t account for the sheer number of Aber grads involved – and some of those Aber grads had come from obscure rural locations in Wales but nonetheless had made it into the highest echelons of the legal profession and had ended up sitting in the Garrick with the best, such as Sir William Mars-Jones for example. In fact, in the case of some, it was argued that their stratospheric rise from poverty in Wales demonstrated that snobbery at the Bar was a thing of the past and that anyone could make it as a Law Lord. No, the UK hasn’t ever quite achieved that degree of social mobility – but this blog has shown quite clearly that people who did favours for the paedophiles’ friends often did very well for themselves.
I decided to get on with digging up fossils asap when I received an e mail two weeks ago alleging that one night during the Christmas holiday of 1971/72, a man called William Hines arrived at his lodgings in Christ Church, Cambridge late one night soaking wet and looking for shelter. I was told that William Hines had volunteered with the Sue Ryder organisation in the early 70s, alongside one Richard D. North. There have been allegations that patients were abused and may have even died in the care of the charities run by Sue Ryder and her husband Leonard Cheshire, that appropriate investigations were not conducted and that there was a cover-up at DHSS level involving Secretary of State Barbara Castle and her then minion Jack Straw. Richard D. North is a writer associated with the Institute of Economic Affairs who has staunchly backed Richard Webster’s interpretation of the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal ie. that the children’s homes in north Wales in the latter half of the twentieth century were rather mediocre but were not the sites of serious abuse and that the allegations that they were resulted from accusations made by people who had been affected by false memory syndrome after ‘therapy’, or who were just after financial compensation. No-one who lived in north Wales during the years in question who had first hand experience of the social services or mental health services could ever believe Webster’s theory.
I was also told that not only had a volunteer at Sue Ryder’s establishment mysteriously drowned one night in the early 1970s, but it was alleged that William Hines had been interviewed by police about the death but had misled them and perjured himself at the Jan 1972 inquest of the volunteer who drowned. I was told that William Hines had been both an in-patient and out-patient at Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridgeshire. Fulbourn gained a lot of good publicity under the leadership of Dr Edward Beresford Davies and acquired a reputation for being a forward thinking establishment which excelled in psychotherapy rather than simply banging up and drugging patients. One of the nurses at the Hergest Unit trained at Fulbourn. She was certainly very much better than her colleagues, but she did know at least some of what they were up to – but she never spoke up. This nurse was completely shafted by her senior managers eventually, because I suspect she was indeed so much better than her colleagues and they felt threatened by her. Her good practice was showing them up for the abusers that they were. I have now been told that as with other ‘groundbreaking initiatives’ in mental health, Beresford Davies and Fulbourn were not quite all that they were cracked up to be.
I have been told that William Hines later worked as a librarian at Aberystwyth University. A volume entitled ‘English Legal History: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature’ (1990) appeared on Aber’s reading list for students undertaking the ‘history of crime and punishment’ module some two years ago. It is co-authored by William Hines, Richard Ireland, Philip Rawlings and C.P. Rodgers. I have been told that the co-author of this book is the same William Hines who volunteered at Sue Ryder in the early 70s.
Whether the allegations that have been levelled at William Hines are true or not I do not know. But I do believe that there was something or someone who for many years was corrupting law students at Aberystwyth. It won’t have simply been the influence of one bad egg, there will have been a network of people with connections at Aber who were inducting certain students into corrupt practices over a long period of time. Some of the graduates involved are now dead – they were people who studied at Aber decades ago, but others graduated much more recently. For a problem like this to have persisted, there will have been collusion at the top of the institution, as Sir Charles Evans colluded with the paedophiles’ friends who were employed at UCNW (which became Bangor University) for so long. So let’s dig up a few old fossils from Aberystwyth and examine them…
From its establishment, what is now Aberystwyth University has had both a President and a Principal/Vice-Chancellor. For much of its existence Aber was a member college of the University of Wales, so other important figures were the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales.
The University College Wales, Aberystwyth was founded in 1872. It became part of the University of Wales in 1893 and then became known as the University College of Wales, Abersytwyth. The first President, from 1872 to 1895, was Henry Bruce, the 1st Baron Aberdare.
Henry Bruce was a barrister, Liberal politician and industrialist. He was born in Aberdare, the son of a landowner. After he qualified as a barrister, coal was discovered under the land of the family estates and they became immensely rich. Bruce was a magistrate in Methyr Tydfil and Aberdare 1847-54 and in 1854 was elected Liberal MP for Methyr Tydfil. His reputation was damaged by the Aberdare Strike 1857-8 and it is thought that this contributed to him losing his seat in 1868. Bruce was re-elected again in 1889 in Renfrewshire and William Gladstone appointed him Home Secretary, a post that he retained until at Gladstone’s request he relinquished it in 1873, when he received a peerage and became Lord President of the Council.
After the defeat of Gladstone’s Gov’t in 1874, education became one of Henry Bruce’s principal interests. Not only was he President of Aber, but in 1883 he also became the first President of the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire (which later became Cardiff University). He was appointed as the first Chancellor of the University of Wales in 1893. In 1888 Bruce headed the Commission that established the Official Table of Drops, which provided guidance as to the distance required to effectively kill someone by hanging. Bruce also showed a keen interest in the drinking habits of the working classes and at one point took evidence concerning this matter from miners and railway workers. Whilst Lord Aberdare preoccupied himself thus, his wife Lady Aberdare was busy promoting education for women (both Bangor and Aberystwyth admitted a higher proportion of women students from their very beginning than many other English colleges or universities). Lady Aberdare was a key mover in the establishment of Aberdare Hall in Cardiff, a women’s hall of residence. Lord Aberdare died at his London home in 1895.
The first Principal of the College – 1872-91 -was Thomas Charles Edwards. Edwards was born near Bala and was the son of Lewis Edwards, the founder of the Bala Theological College. His mother was the granddaughter of Thomas Charles, the organiser of Welsh Calvinistic Methodism. Edwards was educated at his father’s college at Bala, at St Alban Hall, Oxford and at Lincoln College, Oxford. In 1856 he began preaching with the Presbytarian Church of Wales. He became a preacher at two Liverpool Chapels and was recognised as one of the leading preachers of his generation. He resigned from his position at Aberystwyth in 1881 partly for health reasons but also to follow his father as head of the Bala Theological College. He died at Bala in 1900.
The second Principal was Thomas Francis Roberts, who was born at Aberdyfi and went to school at Tywyn. Roberts went to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth himself to study and won a scholarship to St John’s College, Oxford. He became the first Professor of Greek at the newly created University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire. Thomas Roberts was a key figure in the establishment of the University of Wales.
Four years after Thomas Roberts was appointed Principal, the second President of Aber succeeded Lord Aberdare in 1895. That was Stuart Rendel, 1st Baron Rendel of Hatchlands in Surrey, who remained as President until 1913. Rendel was an industrialist, philanthropist and Liberal politician who was educated at Eton and Oxford. He was also a barrister, but was mostly involved in engineering – he was manager of the London branch of the Armstrong Gunnery Company. Rendel was elected as the Liberal MP for Montgomeryshire in 1880 and although he had been born in Plymouth he was known as the ‘Welsh member’ because of his support for Welsh causes, such as the establishment of the University of Wales. He was a benefactor to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Rendel was acknowledged as being the leader of the Welsh MPs in Parliament. He was an Anglican and a close friend and associate of William Gladstone. Rendel received a peerage in 1894. Rendel’s daughter Maud married Henry, William Gladstone’s son. Later in life Rendel retired to his stately home in Surrey and died in 1913 at his London home in Kensington Palace Gardens.
In 1913 Sir John Williams 1st Baronet of the City of London became President. Many senior figures at Aberystwyth University have also been involved with the National Library of Wales, an excellent collection housed in an impressive building in Aberystwyth in close proximity to the Penglais campus of the University. People familiar with previous blog posts will also know that the paedophiles’ friends had a penchant for involvement with the National Library. This is not a reflection upon the library’s collections, it is rather that a role in the governance of the National Library – like a role in the governance of the National Museum of Wales – provides a great deal of kudos for some people and the paedophiles’ friends do like a bit of prestige. Sir John Williams played a key role in ensuring that the National Library was located in Aberystwyth years before he became President of the College. In 1905 the Gov’t proposed to establish both a National Library and a National Museum of Wales. David Lloyd George – then the Liberal MP for Caernarvon Boroughs – wanted the National Library to be located in Aberystwyth, but there was also a contingent who wanted the National Library to be in Cardiff. A huge scrap followed and Sir John Williams – a Top Doctor and the proud possessor of a fantastic collections of manuscripts – offered to donate this collection to the National Library if it were located in Aberystwyth. It was therefore agreed that the National Library would be situated at Aberystwyth and that Cardiff could have the National Museum. In 1907 a Royal Charter was established stating that Sir John’s collection would become the property of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth if the National Library was ever removed from Aber. Sir John also bequeathed a large sum of money to the National Library of Wales. The Sword of Damocles hanging over that Library would certainly ensure that it never got up and walked off to Cardiff. Sir John’s collection was the Peniarth collection, which contains wonderful things of global significance which are very dear to Welsh historians and scholars, the most valuable manuscripts in the Library, including the Four Ancient Books of Wales. So that is how the National Library ended up in Aberystwyth and remains there today. The Foundation stone of the National Library was laid by King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Two years later Sir John was President of the College.
So who was Sir John Williams? A man from Aberystwyth perhaps? No. Sir John Williams was from south Wales, the son of a Welsh Congregationalist Minister. Williams went to school in Swansea, then to university in Glasgow and then undertook his medical training at University College Hospital in London. He must have been based in London for a good many years, because he would have been needed for a famous patient of his – this Top Doctor was physician to Queen Victoria and had been appointed to that role in 1886, long before there was talk of a National Library in Wales yet alone any plans by Lloyd George as to how to ensure that it was located in Aber. It was Queen Victoria who raised Williams to the Baronetcy in 1894. Williams is described as a surgeon obstetrician, so I’m wondering if he was the Top Doctor who famously administered chloroform to Queen Victoria helping to break the custom of women being denied pain relief during childbirth – a custom that has been sadly reintroduced in recent years by a contingent of people who misunderstood the childbirth campaigners of the early 1980s when they raised concerns regarding unnecessary interventions.
For part of his life Sir John lived at Plas Llansteffan, a mansion in Carmarthenshire which he leased from the Morris family who were bankers.
In 2005 Sir John’s name reared its head again following the publication of book called ‘Uncle Jack’ by Tony Williams and Humphrey Price. That book certainly upset a lot of people – it suggested that Sir John Williams might have been Jack the Ripper.
The official history of the National Library tells us that the National Library and National Museum of Wales were established after a collection was held during which thousands of working class people donated their hard earned pennies. That was no doubt true, working people in Wales made sacrifices to support many educational and cultural institutions – but I suspect that the real movers and shakers behind the National Library were Lloyd George and Queen Victoria’s surgeon. Sir John Williams may or may not have been Jack the Ripper but being the President of a University College obviously appealed to him.
I cannot help wondering if it was the arrival on the scene of this Top Doctor that was the beginning of the problem in Aberystwyth.
John Humphreys Davies was the Principal of the College whilst Sir John Williams was President. John Davies was a lawyer, bibliographer and educator. He was born in Ceredigion, attended his local village school, then Lewis’s School Pengam, then University College School, London. Davies studied at the College in Aber himself, then at Lincoln College, Oxford and was called to the Bar. Davies entered public life at a very young age – he was elected Alderman of Cardiganshire County Council at 23 years of age, although he wasn’t actually a member of the authority itself. There was some support for him that year to stand as the Liberal candidate for Cardiganshire, although he did not win the nomination. He was a JP for the county of Cardiganshire and Treasurer of the General Assembly of the Calvinist Methodist connexion before he was 30. In 1905 Davies became Registrar of the College at Aber. He was appointed a member of the Welsh Church Commission in 1908, the High Sheriff of Cardiganshire in 1911 and the Chairman of Cardiganshire County Council in 1916/17. Davies was appointed Principal of Aber in 1919 – he remained in the post until he died in 1926.
I note that Davies was involved in the campaign to establish a National Library for Wales – he was working on this with Sir John Williams long before either of them were appointed to the most senior positions in the College.
John Davies’s interest in education is attributed to the influence of a group of friends of his at Oxford, many of whom became very influential in Welsh life. Two were particularly important where Davies was concerned – Sir O.M. Edwards and T.E. Ellis.
Owen Morgan Edwards was a historian, educationist and writer. He was born at Llanuwchllyn near Bala, went to the Bala Theological College, then the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, spent one year at Glasgow University and then Balliol College, Oxford. O.M. Edwards was the first Chief Inspector of Schools for Wales in the new Welsh Education Department. O.M. Edwards was keen to ensure that children were taught Welsh at school – he was of the generation who were beaten for speaking Welsh at school. Edwards also established a number of Welsh language periodicals and wrote a number of books on Welsh history. Sir O.M. Edwards’s son, Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards attended Bala Grammar School, University College of Wales, Aber and Lincoln College Oxford. He taught at Dolgellau Grammar School and at University College of Wales, Aber and edited the journals that his father had established after O.M. Edwards died. Sir Ifan was a Director of Television Wales and West and was involved in establishing the Welsh school at Aberystwyth. He was also a magistrate. Sir Ifan established the Urdd Gobaith Cymru (the Welsh League of Youth), a popular Welsh children’s and youth movement. Sir Ifan was awarded the Medal of the Honorable Society of Cymmrodorion. O.M. Edwards’s daughter married Sir David Hughes-Parry, who was President of the College in Aberystwyth himself, 1955-64. There are statues of Sir O.M and Sir Ifan at Llanuwchllyn.
T.E. Ellis was born near Bala and attended Bala Grammar School along with his contemporary O.M. Edwards. T.E. Ellis went on to the University College at Aber, then to New College, Oxford. He became the Liberal MP for Merioneth and Gladstone later appointed him Chief Whip. T.E. Ellis too helped secure the National Library. He carried out much educational administrative work for Wales, including for Merioneth and was a member of the Court of the University of Wales. T.E. Ellis became the brother-in-law of John Humphreys Davies. A statue of T.E. Ellis stands in the High Street in Bala and there is also a statue of him in the quadrangle of Aberystwyth University.
In 1926, Aberystwyth saw a new President appointed and in 1927 welcomed a new Principal. The new President was Lord Edmund-Davies and the new Principal was Henry Stewart-Jones.
Lord Edmund-Davies was born Herbert Edmund Edmund Davies. He was a lawyer and a judge who was born in modest circumstances in Mountain Ash in 1906. He was from a Welsh nonconformist background and attended Mountain Ash Grammar School, then King’s College, London and then Exeter College, Oxford. At Exeter College, Edmund Davies was a pupil of Geoffrey Cheshire, the Bursar of Exeter College, who was the father of Leonard Cheshire. Edmund Davies had a long connection with Leonard Cheshire and the Leonard Cheshire Homes – where it is alleged residents were abused. Before WWII Edmund Davies was a junior barrister based in Swansea. After the war – during which he served with the Royal Welch Fuseliers – he became a lead barrister ‘with a formidable reputation’. Edmund Davies was a Recorder in Methyr Tydfil 1942-44; in Swansea 1944-53 and in Cardiff 1953-58. He was Chair of the Denbighshire Quarter Sessions 1953-64. So he will have been trying patients from – and incarcerating patients in – the North Wales Hospital Denbigh during the Dafydd and Gwynne lobotomy and paedophile years. Edmund Davies was sitting as a judge in north Wales at a time when the lawyers and judges in the region were known to be corrupt. Edmund Davies wasn’t a corrupt Aber law graduate himself – he was President of the College which had begun churning them out.
In 1958 he became a High Court judge and thus metamorphosed into Sir Edmund Davies. Even for the time his sentencing was controversial on the grounds of its harshness. He presided over the trial of the Great Train Robbers in 1964 at Aylesbury – that sentence was criticised on the grounds that if other judges followed suit, robbers would be more likely to kill people during the course of their crime because the sentence that they will receive will be as long as a sentence for murder. Edmund Davies was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1966 and in 1967 he was appointed by Secretary of State for Wales Cledwyn Hughes to Chair the Public Inquiry into the Aberfan Disaster. In 1974 he became a Law Lord and received a peerage. In 1977 Lord Edmund-Davies was appointed by Merlyn Rees – the Home Secretary under Jim Callaghan’s Labour Gov’t – to Chair the Commission into the negotiation of police pay and conditions. There had been serious police recruitment problems in England and Wales as a result of low pay. Edmund-Davies reported in July 1978 and recommended a 45% pay rise. The Police Federation were delighted although Edmund-Davies’s recommendations had left politicians in a difficult situation. The recommendations were implemented by the Tory Gov’t in 1979. The Police Federation have held Gov’ts to Edmund-Davies’s regime ever since.
Edmund-Davies was one of the judges involved in the jailing of Denis Lemon, the Editor of ‘Gay News’ in 1979. ‘Gay News’ had published a poem suggesting that Jesus might have been gay and Mary Whitehouse brought a prosecution for blasphemy against the paper. Edmund-Davies was one of the judges who dismissed Lemon’s appeal – whilst a paedophile ring targeting boys in care operated in the children’s homes run by Clwyd and Gwynedd Social Services in north Wales, facilitated by the North Wales Hospital Denbigh.
Edmund-Davies was ‘interested in penal reform’ and was a member of the Royal Commission on Penal Reform. Obviously an excellent choice if one wants to ensure that consenting adults are jailed for writing about the possibility that someone might be gay, whilst a paedophile ring with connections to organised crime conducts business unhindered.
Edmund-Davies retired as a Law Lord in 1981. Between 1975-84 he was Pro-Chancellor of the University of Wales. So Edmund-Davies was occupying that position when UCNW (now Bangor University) – a constituent college of the University of Wales – were employing Gwynne the lobotomist in their Student Health Centre, as well as the corrupt GP Dr D.G.E. Wood, who in 1984 began threatening me after I complained about Gwynne. Edmund-Davies was succeeded as Pro-Chancellor by Cledwyn Hughes aka Lord Cledwyn, a good friend of the paedophiles’ friends – see post ‘The Cradle of Filth’ for the low-down on Cledwyn and his network. Cledwyn himself was a law graduate of Aber. Cledwyn was President of University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1977-85 and President of the University of Wales, Bangor, 1995-2000.
Lord Edmund-Davies was also a member of the Criminal Law Revision Committee; a life Governor and fellow of King’s College London; an honorary fellow of Exeter College, Oxford and was at one time the Treasurer of Gray’s Inn. He lived at Gray’s Inn until his health failed and he moved into a care home.
Edmund-Davies’s obituary in the ‘Independent’ intriguingly discussed how he would ‘often labour over a sandwich in his room to prepare for a judgement to be given that afternoon or at night over a judgement to be delivered the next morning’. The same obituary mentioned that Edmund-Davies was delighted when he became a Law Lord because life was so much easier – obviously no more labouring over sandwiches, just troughing in the Lords – but by the age of 75 ‘he had had enough’. It takes it out of one ignoring a paedophile ring.
Lord Edmund-Davies was a leading light in another institution that some of those previously named on this blog really love -the London Welsh Society (originally the London Welsh Association, then the London Welsh Trust), which runs the London Welsh Centre. The London Welsh Society was established to provide social and political opportunities for Welsh people living in London – it was originally known as the Young Wales Association. It runs the London Welsh Centre on Gray’s Inn Road in Camden which hosts choirs, Welsh language classes and is used as a community venue. The Young Wales Association was founded in 1920 at a meeting over which Dame Margaret Lloyd George – first wife of David Lloyd George – presided. Dame Margaret became the first President of the Young Wales Association (1921-22). There are plenty of people associated with the London Welsh Society – and who send their children to the associated London Welsh School – who are normal, but it does attract those with connections to others we know and love and some of them enjoy running it. As well as Dame Margaret Lloyd George, past Presidents include: David Lloyd George MP; R. Hopkin Morris (1936-37); Lord James Atkin (1936-37); Sir Wynn Wheldon (1946-47); Lord Justice Morris (1951-53); Sir Ben Bowen Thomas (1953-55); Lord Ogmore (1955-59); Lord Aberdare; Lord Elwyn-Davies (1982-88); Sir William Mars-Jones (1988-94); Sir Maldwyn Thomas (1994-2001); Lord Morris of Aberavon (2001-08); Huw Edwards (2008-present).
Some of these people have already appeared on this blog in their capacity as paedophiles friends. There are aspects of all the biographies which are familiar.
Owen Picton Davies was one of the founders of the YWA. He was a Liberal Parliamentary candidate, involved with medical care and was the High Sheriff of Carmarthenshire, 1934-35.
Rhys Hopkin Morris: a graduate of UCNW (Bangor University), barrister and magistrate, the first regional director of BBC in Wales, Liberal MP.
Lord James Atkin: a lawyer and High Court judge, Lord Justice of Appeal and a Law Lord; attended Friars School in Bangor; Prime Minister Asquith’s son Raymond was a pupil in Atkin’s chambers. Atkin’s grandson was Tory peer Toby Low aka Lord Aldington who sued the arse of historian Nicolai Tolstoy after Tolstoy accused him of atrocities in WWII. The atrocities did happen but Aldington claimed that he knew nuzzing.
Clement Davies: barrister; Liberal MP for Montgomeryshire 1929-62 and leader of the Liberal Party 1945-56; President, Welsh Liberal Federation 1945-48.
Lord Ogmore aka David Rees-Williams: solicitor; Labour MP for Croydon South 1945-50; joined Liberal Party in 1959, Liberal Party President 1963-64. Daughter Elizabeth married former Tory MP and jailbird Jonathan Aitken.
Lord Aberdare aka Morys Bruce: Conservative politician with an hereditary peerage. Worked for the BBC, 1949-56; Minister of State in the DHSS, 1970.
Sir Maldwyn Thomas: businessman and lawyer; President of Welsh Liberal Party 1985-86; Trustee of London Welsh School.
Lord John Morris: law graduate of Aberystwyth; also graduate of Cambridge University; Labour MP for Aberavon 1959-2001; Secretary of State for Wales 1974-79; Attorney General 1997-99; Chancellor of University of Glamorgan, then University of South Wales. Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, 2002. Has been a real gift to the paedophiles’ friends – see previous blog posts for details.
Sir Wynn Wheldon: lawyer in Lloyd George’s chambers and good friend of Lloyd George. An educationist. Father of Huw Wheldon, former pupil of Friars School in Bangor, Mr Big at the BBC and the Arts Council in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. President of the Royal Television Society, Governor of LSE and Bangor University. Was networked to the paedophiles’ friends. For further details re Huw Wheldon and his wife, see comments which follow blog post ‘Wheels Within Wheels Or Flies Drawn To The Same Incestuously Corrupt Shithouse?’.
Sir Ben Bowen Thomas: the first Warden of Coleg Harlech, later the President of University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Sir William Mars-Jones: William Jones – as he was – was the son of a Denbighshire farmer. Mars-Jones’s father was Chairman of Denbighshire County Council. Mars-Jones went to Denbigh School, then read law at Aberystwyth. Whilst he was at Aberystwyth, Mars-Jones was President of the Students’ Council and the Central Students’ Council. He then went to St John’s College, Cambridge – at Cambridge he was active in Footlights. After WWII Mars-Jones stood as the Labour candidate for West Denbigh. Mars-Jones was a barrister on the corrupt Chester and Wales Circuit and became the Presiding judge of that Circuit. In 1964 he headed a Home Office Inquiry into allegations against police officers. Mars-Jones Chaired the Home Secretary’s Advisory Council on the Penal System in 1966 and in the same year was the prosecuting Counsel at the trial of the Moors Murderers. Mars-Jones worked as a Recorder in Birkenhead, Swansea and Cardiff from 1968. He was the Deputy Chair of the Denbigh Quarter Sessions, 1962-68. Mars-Jones became a High Court judge in 1969. He was a leading light in the Garrick. Mars-Jones was President of UCNW (later Bangor University), 1982-95. So he was President whilst the College employed Gwynne the lobotomist in the Student Health Centre as well as the corrupt Dr D.G.E. Wood and whilst Dafydd wielded power and influence in the psychology dept. Mars-Jones could hardly have missed what they were all doing – he’d known many of the paedophiles’ friends from his school days.
William Mars-Jones is the father of Adam Mars-Jones, the famously gay writer. Adam Mars-Jones wrote a book about his father, which claimed that William Mars-Jones was enormously homophobic. Most of those who facilitated the paedophile ring in north Wales which targeted young boys were.
BBC News Wales in October 2015 reported on the establishment of the Lord Edmund-Davies Legal Education Trust, a charitable fund ‘run by Welsh barristers in London’, to assist outstanding young lawyers. The BBC named Rhys Meggy as a Trustee. The notion of ‘Welsh barristers in London’ rang alarm bells for me, so I popped over to visit the website of the Legal Education Trust’s website. I found myself in familiar territory. The website currently features a gallery of photos of folk from the Association of London Welsh Lawyers. Those in the gallery are: Winston Roddick QC: a man who was born, grew up and went to school in Caernarfon, became a police officer in Liverpool, then a barrister and Recorder. He was the first Counsel General for Wales, appointed in 1997 and advised in the Welsh Language Act 1993. Roddick has been a member of the Independent Television Commission, a member of the S4C authority and is a member of the Gorsedd of the Bards. He was the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner having stood for election as an Independent whilst being a member of the Lib Dems but failed to tell anyone. Meri Huws: Meri is not even a lawyer – she is a graduate of Aberystwyth and a former community social worker who worked for Gwynedd Social Services whilst the paedophile ring raged within; she is now Welsh Language Commissioner and is the former bedfellow of a number of people who have occupied influential positions in Welsh politics (see post ‘Let Me Enlighten Lord Gnome…’); Lord Morris of Aberavon: the paedophiles’ friends’ helper; Elfyn Llwyd: an Aber law graduate, barrister, former President of Gwynedd Law Society and former Plaid MP for Meirionydd – throughout the years when Plaid dominated Gwynedd County Council at a time when the paedophile ring operated within the Social Services run by Gwynedd County Council and was ignored and/or facilitated by lawyers in Gwynedd.
The Legal Education Trust’s website provides details of a few of the events which they have held and those who attended. At the Annual Dinner in 2017, special guests were Counsel General for Wales Mick Antinow AM and Lord David Lloyd-Jones, Justice of the Supreme Court. The 2017 Annual Lecture was given by Mr Justice Lewis, the Presiding Judge of Wales. The speaker at the Annual Dinner in 2016 was Robert Buckland QC MP. The speaker at the 2014 Annual Dinner was this blog’s old friend Lord Alex Carlile. Another star of previous events was Lord Justice Pill, the judge who in 1990 ignored the criminal activities of the north Wales mental health services when Gwynedd Health Authority applied for a High Court injunction against me – to prevent me writing to them in pursuit of my complaint about those criminal activities (see post ‘Some Big Legal Names Enter The Arena’). Other events hosted by the Legal Education Trust starred H.H.J. Milwyn Jarman QC and Keith Bush from the National Assembly of Wales.
The Principal of Aber for the first few years under Lord Edmund-Davies’s presidency was Henry Stuart-Jones – he was Principal between 1927-34. Stuart-Jones was a fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and was Professor of Ancient History there. He was new to Wales when he took up the position at Aber. He learned Welsh and sat on the Committees of St David’s College, Lampeter; Trinity College, Carmarthen and the National Library of Wales. Stuart-Jones was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, 1929-30. In 1929 he was elected as a Welsh supernumerary fellow of Jesus College, Oxford.
Stuart-Jones was succeeded as Principal by Ifor Leslie Evans, who remained in the post until he died in 1952. He was the son of musician William John Evans and learnt Welsh whilst he was interned in Ruhleben prison in Germany during WWI. After WWI he studied at St John’s College, Cambridge. Ifor Evans sat on the League of Nations Commission reporting on the circumstances of Austria and was a member of staff on the Economist. During his time as Principal, Ifor Evans ‘substantially’ reduced the College’s debt, attracted benefactors, built the Penglais campus and Pantycelyn Hall of residence. He strengthened the relationships between the staff and the students and Chaired the University of Wales Press Board. (The University of Wales Press Board is another favoured destination for figures in the network that I am discussing.)
The President who followed Lord Edmund-Davies was Thomas Jones, known as Tom Jones, frequently referred to as ‘T.J.’ T.J. was President of Aber between 1944-54 – he was said to be ‘one of the six most important men in Europe’ and was referred to as the ‘King of Wales’. T.J. was born in Rhymney, Monmouthshire. The family did speak Welsh, although a lot of English was spoken in their household. Although T.J.’s grandfather made him leave school at 14 to work as a clerk in a local ironworks. T.J. became a well-known preacher and in 1890 went to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth to study for the Ministry. However he transferred to Glasgow University where he read economics. He pursued an academic career and became Professor of Economics at Queen’s University, Belfast.
T.J. returned to Wales and directed the public health campaign regarding TB. He then carried out Lloyd George’s great reform in Wales when he became head of National Insurance in Wales. Lloyd George created a Secretariat under Lord (then Sir) Maurice Hankey and appointed T.J. as second in command of this Secretariat. This Secretariat/Ministry was viewed with suspicion – T.J.’s role was as a behind the scenes negotiator. T.J. thus acquired enormous influence via this office, which evolved into the office of Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet – T.J. remained Deputy Secretary under Bonar Law and Stanley Baldwin, but resigned under Ramsay MacDonald, before the formation of the National Gov’t in 1931.
T.J.’s senior colleague, the First Cabinet Secretary, the ‘top aide’ to LLoyd George, was Lord Maurice Hankey. Like T.J., Hankey served under Lloyd George, Bonar Law, Stanley Baldwin and Ramsay MacDonald, but Hankey also served under Neville Chamberlain. Hankey has been described as a ‘late Victorian Imperialist’. He was Secretary of Lloyd George’s War Cabinet and Secretary to the Imperial War Cabinet of the First World War. After WWII Hankey was critical of the war crimes trials and argued that the Allies had no right to convict Germans and Japanese leaders of war crimes.
Hankey was Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1940-41, under Winston Churchill. He was succeeded by Duff Cooper who was a friend of Trumpers aka Baroness Jean Trumpington, who years later in her capacity as a Minister in the DHSS was the genius who gave Jimmy Savile a job as manager of Broadmoor Hospital (see post ’95 Glorious Years!’).
It is alleged that T.J. was invaluable to Lloyd George with regard to dealing with the trade unions, as well as with regard to the Irish Question. T.J. was also important in dissuading Stanley Baldwin from exacting revenge in the aftermath of the General Strike. T.J. later published his diaries, which illuminated the meetings between Lloyd George and Hitler as well as the activities of the Cliveden set.
In 1914 T.J. started the magazine ‘Welsh Outlook’ to promote social progress in Wales. In 1936 T.J. was a member of Lloyd George’s party who met Hitler at the Eagle’s Nest.
How did T.J. become one of the six most important men in Europe? Not by being President of Aber – he was appointed after he’d become one of the six most important men in Europe. As in the case of Baroness Jean Trumpington, T.J. became important himself by being mates with other even more important people. T.J.’s choice of friends was interesting for a man who’s heart lay in Wales – some of his best mates were the very people whom Trumpers was friends with, such as the Astors of Cliveden fame, although T.J. died some six years before the Profumo scandal erupted. It was by extracting dosh from his rich friends that T.J. managed to do some of what he became famous for back home in Wales.
It was T.J. who founded Coleg Harlech in 1927 – Coleg Harlech was a worthy cause, a residential college for mature students, to continue the work of the WEA in a residential environment. I wonder where the money to establish it came from… The first Warden of Harlech was Ben Bowen Thomas – who was President of Aberystwyth, 1964-76. After the 1960s, Ieuan Jeffries-Jones became Warden and Coleg Harlech began offering 2 year diplomas, validated by the University of Wales, designed as entry for degree level courses. In the 1980s and 90s with the expansion of HE, Coleg Harlech lost its distinctiveness and came under the FE funding regime which caused it difficulty. The Coleg has always had a close association with the WEA and merged with the WEA (north Wales) in 2001 to form Coleg Harlech WEA (north Wales). It subsequently merged into Adult Learning Wales – Addysg Oedolion Cymru. In Feb 2017 it was announced that Coleg Harlech would close at the end of the academic year.
T.J. was also instrumental in founding Newbattle Abbey College, Midlothian in 1937. He was a Governor of the National Library of Wales; helped set up the Committee for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts, CEMA (the forerunner of the Arts Council) and the Army Bureau of Current Affairs. T.J. was Chair of Gwasg Gregynog Press throughout it’s existence. An involvement with Gwasg Gregynog Press and everything to do with it is another favourite sport of the network of so many involved with Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities.
T.J. accepted a seat on the National Assistance Board and he was the Secretary, Chair and a Trustee of the Pilgrim Trust from 1930. The Pilgrim Trust was founded in 1930 with a £2 million legacy left by the US millionaire Edward Harkness. The members of the Inaugural Board were Stanley Baldwin, Sir James Irvine, Sir Josiah Stamp and Hugh Macmillan. The Pilgrim Trust concerns itself with historical and archaeological projects, including historical churches, as well as social welfare work, especially alcohol and drugs misuse and prison projects. In 2016 Trustees included Professor Sir Colin Blakemore, Sir Alan Moses and Kevin Pakenham – the Chair was Sir Mark Jones, Master of St Cross College, Oxford.
T.J. was awarded the Medal of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. He died in London in 1955.
T.J.’s biographer Dr E.L. Ellis stated that T.J. ‘was on the side of light’, that his ‘philanthropy was matchless among his contemporaries’ and that he was the ‘incarnation of public spiritedness’. Ellis named T.J., David Lloyd George and Aneurin Bevan as ‘the three greatest Welshmen in public life’ in the twentieth century. Who was Dr E.L. Ellis? He was Ted Ellis, an historian at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and warden of Pantycelyn Hall, 1962-74. In 1972 he wrote a history of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. In 1978 he was approached by T.J.’s daughter Eirene and his son Tristan to write a biography of T.J. Ellis’s biography of T.J was published by the University of Wales Press and was launched in June 1992 at a reception in the Commons, which was described as ‘grandiose’. I wonder if they meant ‘grand’. Although grandiose could well have been a more accurate description of the occasion.
It can be argued that assisting or toadying to rich and powerful people is worthwhile if one then uses their money or connections to benefit others. It was the argument that Mother Theresa used when she was asked why she was accepting donations from the Mafia. The problem lies in what those rich and powerful people might ask of you if they’re doing things that they shouldn’t be and they need to avoid trouble – if for example they are sexually exploiting children. That could put someone running a university training lawyers, some of whom will later become judges in quite a compromising position. The landscape becomes even darker if one considers that there may already be a university that is known to be producing lawyers and judges who have been known to do favours for other people and that university is in need of a President. Once one embarks upon the treadmill of saying yes to disgusting people because one’s impressed by their social position, one is on the journey to being a Top Doctor or a High Court judge who does favours for a paedophile ring.
In 1902 T.J. married someone whom he had known as a student from Aber whilst he was studying there, Eirene Lloyd, daughter of Dr Richard Lloyd, an academic from Liverpool University. As with so many others named on this blog, T.J. was someone who passed on his talents to the next generation. His son Tristan became MD of the ‘Observer’ and his daughter Eirene became the Labour MP for Flintshire East, Baroness White.
Eirene attended St Paul’s Girls School and Somerville College, Oxford. Whilst at Oxford, Lady Astor arranged a 21st birthday party for the then Eirene Jones at Cliveden. After graduation, Eirene landed a job as a readers advisor at New York Public Library via T.J.’s friend Abraham Flexner. Between 1933-39 Eirene – then back in the UK – worked as a social worker with the unemployed. She also did a bit of journalism. Her experience in social work led to her work with the Woman’s Voluntary Service in Cardiff, 1939-41. She became the Welsh Regional Secretary and was recruited by the Ministry of Labour to train workers in Wales – particularly women – for the war effort. Eirene was then a civil servant at the Board of Education until 1945. After the war, Eirene worked as the political correspondent for the ‘Manchester Evening News’ and the BBC. She met James Cameron White, a fellow Commons lobby correspondent, at a press briefing at No 10 Downing Street – they married in 1948.
After she married, Eirene kept homes in Hampstead and Wales.
Eirene obtaind the nomination as the Labour candidate for Flintshire for the 1945 General Election – she came close to defeating Nigel Birch, the Conservative candidate, in what had been a safe Conservative seat. At the 1950 General Election, Flintshire was divided into two constituencies, Flintshire East and Flintshire West. Hywel Teifi Edwards, a friend of T.J.’s, helped Eirene obtain the nomination for Flintshire East and T.J. campaigned for her. Eirene won the seat, which she held until 1970.
Hywel Tyfei Edwards was a Welsh historian and broadcaster. He came from Ceredigion, went to university at Aberystwyth, spent a while as a school teacher and then lectured at what became Swansea University – he became Professor of Welsh there. Hywel Tyfei Edwards is the leading authority on the history of the National Eisteddfod. He stood as a Plaid candidate twice, for Llanelli in 1983 and for Carmarthen in 1987. He was a member of Dyfed County Council, 1977-89. He is the father of Huw Edwards, the broadcaster.
Eirene had become a member of the Labour Party’s NEC women’s section in 1947. She served on the NEC at this time with Clement Attlee the PM and Herbert Morrison (Peter Mandelson’s grandfather). Eirene stepped down from the NEC in 1953, but returned in 1957 and remained until 1972. She was Chair of the Labour Party’s NEC, 1968-69.
Hugh Gaitskill appointed Eirene as deputy to Anthony Greenwood, who spoke for education on the opposition front bench. In 1961 Eirene held a joint press conference with Thatcher regarding the lack of provision for pre-school children in the high rise developments which had recently been built.
In 1964 Eirene was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Colonial Office and after the 1966 General Election she became Minister of State under the Foreign Secretary, George Brown. In 1967 Eirene endured a ‘very hostile reception’ at the Labour Party Conference, as a result of the ‘difficult situation’ in Rhodesia.
Eirene was a big supporter of the UN.
A reshuffle saw Eirene appointed to the Welsh Office in 1967. She became Minister of State under her ‘old friend’ Secretary of State for Wales Cledwyn Hughes. Cledwyn was a lawyer who had studied at Aber and who was President of the University College at Aberystwyth himself, 1975-85. Cledwyn undoubtedly knew about the organised abuse of children in north Wales (see post ‘The Cradle of Filth’). George Thomas succeeded Cledwyn in 1968 – he was ‘not close’ to Eirene and she then played a much lesser part in the affairs of the Welsh Office. The South Wales Police recently held an investigation into allegations that George Thomas had committed sexual offences against children.
Eirene’s husband John died in 1968. It has been recorded that Eirene ‘nursed her dying husband and carried out her Ministerial duties efficiently’. Someone is telling porkies here, it is not possible to care for a dying person and continue working full time as a Minister. In 1968 Eirne was withdrawing from the ‘affairs’ of the Welsh Office – ie. its concealing of a paedophile ring and the abuses of patients in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh – because the dreadful George Thomas had become Secretary of State. That may be how Eirene had time to nurse her husband.
Eirene retired from the Commons in 1970 and received a peerage. She was Deputy Speaker in the Lords, 1979-89 and Chair of the Lords Select Committee on European Communities, 1979-82. So when Mary Wynch, Alison Taylor and I were blowing the whistle and raising concerns about criminal activities and institutionalised corruption in north Wales – right on Eirene’s patch – Eirene was Deputy Speaker in the Lords. Eirene’s seat in East Flintshire had been succeeded by Barry Jones, who later became Lord Barry Jones. Lord Baz remained remarkably silent about the organised abuse of children and mental health patients going on under his nose, despite a number of staff from the children’s homes in the region being convicted for the abuse of the young people in their ‘care’. For further details of Lord Baz and his wife, please see the post ‘Wheels Within Wheels Or Flies Drawn To The Same Incestuously Corrupt Shithouse’ and the comments which follow it. Eirene regularly attended the Lords, until 1995 when she retired from public life. Just before the Waterhouse Inquiry…
Eirene retired to Abergavenny – where there was child abuse which was linked to the paedophile ring in north Wales. One of the advisors to Sir Ronald Waterhouse whilst he conducted his cover-up also retired to Abergavenny. Whilst in Parliament, Eirene had homes in Shotton and Hampstead, but also owned a cottage near Machynlleth. Her last years – she died in 1999 – were spent at her house in Treberfydd near Abergavenny, although she also owned flats in Cwmbran and Cardiff.
Lord Morris of Aberavon – a lawyer who studied at Aberystwyth and a good friend to the paedophiles’ friends himself – gave the address at Eirene’s memorial service.
Eirene was also: Chair of the Fabian Society; A Governor of the British Film Institute; a member of the Board of Trade Films Council; governor of the National Library of Wales; a member of the British Waterways Council, 1972-76; Deputy Chairman of the Matriculation Board, 1972-76; President of the Council for the Protection of Rural Wales, 1973-89; Chairman of the Land Authority of Wales, 1976-80; Chair of the Council 1983-88 and President 1987-88 of UWIST and a member of the Court at Aberystwyth, Bangor and Cardiff Universities. She was inevitably of course President of Coleg Harlech, 1974-84.
There was no escaping Eirene – and don’t forget, her brother ran the ‘Observer’.
In 1953, the year before T.J.’s reign at Aber came to an end, the College appointed a new Principal, Goronwy Rees. If you thought that T.J. had interesting friends in the Astors, just wait until you hear about Goronwy’s mates.
Goronwy was born in Aberystwyth and his father was Minister of the Tabernacle Calvinist Methodist Church. However the family moved to Roath in Cardiff when Goronwy was young as a result of hostility towards the Rev Rees after he clashed with his congregation as a result of his support for a Lloyd George Liberal in opposition to an Asquithian in a Cardiganshire by-election. Goronwy attended Cardiff High School for Boys and then went onto New College, Oxford. He became a fellow of All Souls College.
After graduation Goronwy went to Berlin and then wrote for the ‘Manchester Guardian’, 1932-35. In 1936 he became assistant Editor of the ‘Spectator’. For most of the 1930s Goronwy Rees was a Marxist, but the Hitler-Stalin pact turned him away from communism. During WWII, after Sandhurst he enlisted with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and after that returned to the Spectator. In 1946 Goronwy began working for H. Pontifex and Son, as well as for MI6, in their political section. In 1951 he returned to All Souls’ as Bursar. He was then invited to take up the post of Principal at Aberystwyth by T.J.
Things did not go smoothly for very long. In 1956 a series of anonymous articles appeared in the ‘People’, describing Guy Burgess as corrupt, a spy, a blackmailer, a drunk and gay – Burgess and Donald Maclean had defected in 1951. The ‘Daily Telegraph’ revealed that the author was Goronwy. Goronwy had become friends with Burgess in 1934 and in 1937 Burgess had fessed up to Goronwy that he was a Soviet agent. Goronwy had been in contact with the Cambridge spy ring via Burgess.
Burgess and Maclean’s friends were furious with the articles. The Cambridge spies enjoyed a high degree of loyalty from their friends – when Stephen Spender, a figure in the communist network, showed the ‘Daily Express’ a friend’s letter concerning Burgess, he was held to have disgraced himself. A huge row followed Goronwy’s article and many people turned on him. At Aber, the students supported him but the staff didn’t. An inquiry was held which was highly critical of Rees. He resigned from Aber in 1957.
Goronwy Rees died in Charing Cross Hospital in 1979 and another controversy blew up after his death. It was alleged by Peter Wright of ‘Spycatcher’ fame that Rees had made a death bed confession in Charing Cross that he had spied for the USSR and that Guy Liddell, the Deputy Director of MI5, was part of the Philby, Burgess, Maclean and Blunt spy ring. Wright maintained that he didn’t believe that Liddell was a Soviet spy. Andrew Boyle, the author of ‘The Climate of Treason’, maintained that Rees told him that Anthony Blunt was a spy and ‘the man to follow’. Boyle revealed this to the ‘Daily Mail’ and it was that which led to Thatcher announcing in the Commons that the security services knew that Blunt was a spy, because Rees had warned the security services the weekend that Burgess and Maclean fled to Russia, yet Blunt had been knighted nonetheless.
Goronwy’s daughter Jenny Rees is a journalist who has worked for the ‘Daily Mail’, the ‘Daily Express’ and the ‘Daily Telegraph’. In 1994 she published a book about Goronwy, ‘Looking For Mr Nobody’. Jenny consulted KGB files and concluded that her dad was not a Soviet agent and that intelligence links with Burgess were severed in 1939.
In 1999, Vasili Mitrokhin, the former First Chief Directorate of the KGB, published his archives which included a file on Rees, which documented his recruitment by Burgess in the mid-30s. Mitrokhin claimed that Rees didn’t give any information to the Soviets and that he abandoned his communist affiliation at the outbreak of WWII.
The revelations since Goronwy’s death certainly caused a stir, but no-one seems to have stated the obvious – that everybody involved was a spy, so it is highly improbable that they were going to be telling the truth to anyone, whether it is an Angel or Top Doctor in Charing Cross Hospital, Peter Wright – who was a spy himself – the ‘Daily Mail’ or even their friends and relatives. Neither would I expect the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to be conscientiously documented in KGB files, particularly KGB files that have been made public. It is like relying upon my medical records for the truth about the many murderous attacks on people carried out by me that the paedophiles’ friends lovingly documented and signed. Luckily for me, the paedophiles’ friends aren’t as competent as the KGB so whilst documenting the lies that they presented in Court about me, they were good enough to also document their plans to tell the lies in order to have me convicted and cc those plans to their partners in crime.
The only thing that has been established is that Goronwy was friends with members of the Cambridge spy ring, as well as many other notable people, some of whom were communists or what would now be described as alternative or bohemian. Goronwy’s friends at Oxford included A.J. Ayer and he had relationships with Sheila Grant Duff, Elizabeth Bowen and Rosamund Lehmann. He married Margaret Ewing in 1940. It has also been established that some people officially working for the security services had a penchant for abusing children and/or concealing the actions of others who did so.
Goronwy Rees was a member of the Wolfenden Committee, which reviewed the legislation concerning homosexuality and prostitution and reported in 1957, although Rees resigned in 1956. Another member of the Committee was Dr Desmond Curran, a Top Doctor from St George’s Hospital Medical School and one of the foundation stones for the nest of corruption which that institution was (see posts ‘The Newcastle-Upon-Tyne-Connection?’ and ‘The King’s Sperm’). The Wolfenden Committee’s Chair was John Wolfendale and it was later revealed that his son Jeremy had been gay. Whilst Jeremy was at Cambridge he would sign himself into gay clubs using the names of other students without their knowledge. Jeremy was recruited by MI6 and was later sent to Moscow as the foreign correspondent of the ‘Daily Telegraph’ where he was compromised by the KGB – Jeremy Wolfendale was a friend of Guy Burgess. Jeremy was found dead when he was in his early thirties, in suspicious circumstances in Washington.
Two years before Goronwy Rees resigned as Principal, David Hughes-Parry was appointed President, succeeding T.J.
Hughes-Parry was born to hill famers on the Llyn Pensinsula, Caernarvonshire. The family were Welsh speaking and deeply religious – Hughes-Parry learnt English at school. He attended Pwllheli County School, then won a scholarship to Aberystwyth where he read economics. He graduated in 1914, served on the Western Front with the Royal Welch Fusiliers and was invalided out in 1919. Hughes-Parry then studied law at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He became a law lecturer at Aber – he was also a barrister. Hughes-Parry became a law lecturer at the LSE in 1924, then in 1930 was appointed Professor of English Law. When he retired in 1959, his dept was considered the leading law dept in the country. In 1947 Hughes-Parry created the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and was Director of the Institute, 1947-59.
Hughes-Parry was Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, 1945-48 and Chair of the University Court, 1962-70. In 1955 he was appointed President of Aberystwyth. As previously mentioned, Hughes-Parry married the daughter of Sir O.M. Edwards, Haf, in 1923. David Hughes-Parry died at Llanuwchllyn – Haf had inherited her parents house there – in 1973.
Whilst I was researching David Hughes-Parry, I stumbled across two other Welshmen who were eminent physicists, one of whom became Vice-Chancellor of the University of London – Sir Sam Edwards and Lord Brian Flowers. They both attended Bishop Gore School in Swansea – which was previously Swansea Grammar School. It seems to have a history of producing pupils who achieved eminence – other former pupils include the 1st Baron Aberdare, Professor Sir John Cadogan (there will be more information about him later in this post), David Dykes (Director of the National Museum of Wales, 1986-89), Sir William Gove (chemist, barrister and a judge), Professor John Howell (President of the BMA, 1989-90) and Sir Gwilym Morris (Chief Constable of South Wales Constabulary, 1971-79).
Sir Sam Edwards went to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Manchester University and Harvard. Edwards was the Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge, 1984-95. That Chair was founded by an endowment from William Cavendish, the 7th Duke of Devonshire. The current Duke of Devonshire is Peregrine Cavendish, the 12th Duke, who is Chancellor of the University of Derby.
Sir Sam Edwards was a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society for Wales.
Lord Brian Flowers also went to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and then Birmingham University. He was Chair of the Science Research Council, 1967-73; a member of the Atomic Energy Authority, 1971-81; President of the Institute of Physics, 1972-74; Chair of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, 1973-76; President of the European Science Foundation, 1974-80; Chair of the University of London Working Party on the Future of Medical and Dental Teaching Resources in the 1980s; Chair of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals, 1983-85; a member of the Council Academia Europaea, 1988-91; a Governor of Middlesex University, 1992-2001; Chair of the Committee of Inquiry into the Academic Year, 1992-93.
Flowers was Rector of Imperial College, 1973-85 and Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, 1985-90. He was a member of the Council and Vice-Chancellor of RPMS (Royal Postgraduate Medical School), 1990-97 and a member of the Management Board of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1994-95.
So Brian Flowers was the Man At The Top whilst I witnessed and was told about research fraud, plagiarism, sex with students in return for exam passes and the appointment of the mistresses of senior members of staff to lecturing jobs at RPMS/Hammersmith Hospital (see post ‘A Cause Close To Our Hearts’) and the chaos and corruption at St George’s Hospital Medical School which included the collusion of their staff with serious criminal activity in north Wales (see posts ‘St Georges Hospital Medical, 1989/1990…’ and ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London…’). Brian Flowers was also Vice-Chancellor when Oliver Brooke, the Professor of Paediatrics at St George’s, was convicted and jailed for the possession of huge quantities of child porn. A detective working on the case later stated that Brooke had been a major player in a pan-European child sex ring, but had got away lightly because of his position. So even Brooke’s conviction didn’t ring alarm bells for old Brian then – obviously didn’t ever occur to him that something might be going dreadfully wrong at St George’s.
So who better than Brian Flowers to have been appointed as the Chair of the Nuffield Foundation (1987-98) and to have been allowed to play a significant role in the establishment of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in 1991? Indeed Brian was such a safe pair of hands that in 1998 he became Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.
Brian Flowers was a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2010.
Flowers’s obituary tells us that whilst at Imperial College he ‘introduced a democratic approach to appointing heads of department’ and that he ensured the ‘best candidate to lead the department’. So that’ll be why when later after Brian had been promoted to run the whole of London University, Mr Big of European Paedophilia was the head of the paediatrics dept at St George’s.
The London medical schools are now all part of Imperial College – it was Flowers who was responsible for this restructuring. So presumably all the paedophiles and facilitators of organised crime could be brought together to capitalise on all that lovely research funding – because no Gov’t can withstand the power of Top Doctors collectively screaming for more money whilst giving tear-jerking interviews about their life-saving work and the cures for cancer and schizophrenia which they have just discovered. Just to ensure that the purse strings are loosened, they’ll invite their mates who work for TV in to film a few babies in cots who will be for the chop if someone doesn’t stump up the cash.
Brian Flowers was given a peerage in 1979. I don’t know which dirty deed elicited that particular prize, because that was some years before the bad publicity over Oliver Brooke needed handling carefully and before the gang at St George’s concealed the North Wales Paedophile Ring. Perhaps it was something to do with getting Jeremy Thorpe off the hook! After all Norman Scott had been ‘treated’ by Top Doctors at St George’s and nothing would surprise me…
Lord Flowers was one of the founder members of the SDP in 1981. A friend of Dr Death, Shirl, Cyril Smith’s colleague David Steel et al then.
I am delighted to say that another safe pair of hands was appointed to follow Lord Flowers as the Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology – Lord Robert Winston! That’s the Robert Winston who was a colleague of Brian Flowers’ when Robert ran the Fertility Unit at Hammersmith Hospital – where he employed a relentlessly sexually harassing, groping gynaecologist whom Winston passed onto St George’s whom they in turn decided was such a time bomb that they planned to ‘send him to Wales’. Indeed they did – he now works as a consultant in the Cardiff and the paedophiles’ friend Dr Brian Gibbons awarded him a prize when Gibbons was Health Minister.
Lord Flowers died in 2010 and was ‘fondly remembered’ by Lord Winston. A John Davidson remembered that Flowers was ‘honest and straightforward’.
To celebrate his 60th burfday in 1984, Flowers’s friend Sir Kyffin Williams – an artist from Anglesey – was commissioned to paint his portrait. No doubt Imperial College or the House of Lords have that proudly hanging up in a corridor somewhere.
In 1958, whilst David Hughes-Parry was President, Sir Thomas Parry was appointed Principal of Aberystwyth.
Thomas Parry was librarian at the National Library of Wales, 1953-58; Principal of University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1958-69; Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, 1961-63 and 1967-69.
Thomas Parry was one of three biggest figures in Welsh language literature, history and scholarship in the twentieth century.
Parry was born in Carmel in Caernarvonshire in 1904. His father was a quarryman and smallholder who married three times – Thomas Parry had a number of well-known relatives from his father’s previous marriages. One of his half-brothers was the father of Robert Williams Parry – Robert Williams Parry was a poet and at one time the Chair of the Caernarvonshire branch of Plaid Cymru. Another half-brother was the father of Sir T.H. Parry-Williams. T.H. Parry-Williams was the head of Rhyd Ddu School, a Welsh teacher and a poet. He was also a broadcaster as well as Chairman of the BBC’s Welsh Council, President of the National Library of Wales as well as of the Court of the Eistedddfod and the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. There were numerous well-known poets and scholars in T.H. Parry-Williams’s circle, with many links to the University of Wales, particularly those colleges at Bangor and Aberystwyth.
Sir Thomas Parry went to study at UCNW (later Bangor University) in 1922. In 1926 he was appointed as an assistant lecturer at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, Cardiff. In 1929 he became a lecturer in his old dept at Bangor. He was given a Chair in Welsh at Bangor and then became Vice-Principal. He was appointed librarian at the National Library of Wales in 1953 and during his time there HM the Queen opened a new Book Stack. Thomas Parry was the Chairman of the National Eisteddfod Council in the early 1950s and in 1959 became a Fellow of the British Academy.
Parry had wanted to be Principal of UCNW at Bangor but somebody else was appointed to succeed Sir David Emrys Evans, who was Principal, 1927-58. Who was that someone? It was Sir Charles Evans. I detailed Charles Evans’s background in a comment following my post ‘Wheels Within Wheels Or Flies Drawn To The Same Incestuously Corrupt Shithouse?’. Charles Evans was a Top Doctor, a neurosurgeon who practiced in Liverpool. Charles Evans developed multiple sclerosis and was unable to continue operating, so he took up an administrative role ie. Principal of UCNW. The thing dearest to Charles Evans however wasn’t neurosurgery, it was mountain climbing – Evans was a member of the first team who successfully conquered Everest, along with Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing. There were very serious problems at UCNW under Evans – as well as protests from the Welsh language students which Evans inflamed by being generally rude and intransigent – so much so that in the late 1970s Caernarfon MP Dafydd Wigley asked Secretary of State for Education Shirley Williams to hold an inquiry into Evans’s running of the institution. There was no inquiry. I went to UCNW as a student in 1981 and there were certainly some odd people employed in some roles. The Agriculture Dept was famously dreadful and haemorrhaged students at a great rate. The biggest problem however was of course the Student Health Centre, which employed Gwynne the lobotomist and paedophiles’ friend as a psychiatrist and the corrupt Dr D.G.E. Wood as a GP. Dr Dafydd Alun Jones, Gwynne’s partner in crime and another paedophiles’ friend, also exerted great influence in the Psychology Dept. Charles Evans, being a neurosurgeon, would have known Gwynne, almost certainly knew Dafydd and would have known about the appalling practices at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh – I am less certain as to whether he knew that Gwynne and Dafydd were facilitating a paedophile ring and sexually exploiting patients. Charles Evans certainly knew that there was disaster after disaster happening at the Student Health Centre as a result of Gwynne and Wood. Under Charles Evans, there were also two infamous lecturers employed at UCNW – one was a lecherous old man who worked in the Agriculture Dept, Gordon Farley, who tended to be seen as a joke among the female students and the other was Andrew Radford, the Professor of Linguistics. A number of female linguistics graduates alleged that their excellent finals results had been a result of them having had sex with Radford and I was told by a retired member of staff from Bangor that Radford himself was boasting to his colleagues about his activities at Newborough beach with female undergrads. Farley and Radford were certainly not looked upon fondly by the rest of the staff, but I doubt that Sir Charles Evans gave a stuff – he was after all employing a Top Doctor in the Student Health Centre who had lobotomised and incarcerated the victims of a paedophile ring.
Charles Evans’s status as a national hero after his Everest feat I suspect made him untouchable, which is perhaps why there never was any sort of inquiry into his management of UCNW. Evans was appointed Principal in 1958. I suspect that one person who might have been very influential in the nuts and bolts of appointing Charles Evans rather than just the rubber stamping of his appointment could have been the President of UCNW at that time. That was Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon, the 5th Baron Kenyon, who was President, 1947-82.
Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon was educated at Eton and Magdalene College, Cambridge and was among many other things: President of the National Museum of Wales, 1952-57; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, 1953-88 and then Chair, 1966-88; Chair of the Friends of National Libraries, 1962-85; a member of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, 1966-93; member of the Standing Commission on Museums and Galleries; a Director of Lloyds Bank and Chair of its North West Board, 1962-85; Chair, Friends of Libraries. Tyrell-Kenyon played a large part in the revival of Gwasg Gregynog Press and was Chair, 1978-91. He was a JP in 1944 and Deputy Lieutenant of Flintshire in 1948. He was a Flintshire County Councillor, was appointed to the first records committee and was an active supporter of the Flintshire Records Office (later the Clwyd Records Office).
Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon was the father of Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon. In July 1979 Thomas woke up in a room in the Crest Hotel, Wrexham to find that his clothes and property had been stolen by the boy whom he had spent the previous night having sex with. Thomas reported the theft to the police, named the boy, told the police exactly what he had been doing with the boy in the hotel and also claimed that some explicit Polaroid photos of him and the boy together that they’d taken had been stolen as well. The boy was in the care of Clwyd County Council when this happened. The boy’s social worker recorded that the North Wales Police were well aware of ‘homosexual activities’ between the boy and Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon. The boy was subsequently convicted and sent to a Detention Centre. Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon was never charged with any offence.
Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon was a member of the North Wales Police Authority and the Provincial Grandmaster of the Freemasons of North Wales. He was Chair of Wrexham, Powys and Mawddach Hospital Management Committee, 1960-74 and Chair of Clwyd Area Health Authority, 1974-78.
Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon died of AIDS in 1993 – his father died in the same year.
The boy at the centre of the incident in the Crest Hotel told the Waterhouse Inquiry that Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon had ‘used him for sex’ on many occasions. The Waterhouse Inquiry was also told that Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon tried to pressurise the Chief Constable of the North Wales Police when the Chief Constable attempted to dissuade officers from becoming Freemasons.
I wonder if the boy involved had even committed the theft as alleged? The paedophile ring that operated in north Wales had links to organised crime involved with drugs and porn. The porn photos of Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon and the boy were ‘never found’, although everything else which had been ‘stolen’ was.
Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon’s father (also called Lloyd) the 4th Baron Kenyon had also been President of UCNW, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Wales and President of the National Museum of Wales. The 4th Baron Kenyon was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford and was a Whip in the Conservative Gov’t of Lord Salisbury and then again in the Coalition Gov’t of Lloyd George of 1916-18. He was a Flintshire County Councillor, a JP in Shropshire and Flintshire and Lord Lieutenant of Denbighshire from 1918 until his death until 1927.
The paedophiles’ friend – indeed a paedophile’s father – the 5th Baron Lord Kenyon was followed as President of UCNW by Sir William Mars-Jones, who was in office 1982-95 as mentioned previously. Lord Cledwyn followed Mars-Jones as President and remained in post until 2000.
As for Thomas Parry, having been blown out of his desired job by Sir Charles Evans, Parry instead became Principal of Aber in 1958. It is recorded that Thomas Parry had to ‘reshape the ship’ after Goronwy Rees’s ‘unorthodox captaincy’. We are also told that academically Aberystwyth ‘thrived’ during Thomas Parry’s time, but he found it difficult to put up with the ‘liberal youth’ of that period (Parry was Principal 1958-69). The liberal youth of that period at Aber were famed for their Welsh language activism – whereas Thomas Parry’s network was running a paedophile ring, with the associated abuse of psychiatry and trade in porn and drugs.
At the end of Thomas Parry’s reign Prince Charles spent a short time at Aber as a student, to learn Welsh. I don’t expect that anyone dared send him to Bangor, what with the conqueror of Everest and Dafydd and Gwynne on the loose. Charles could have ended up sexually assaulted and then lobotomised.
Thomas Parry’s entry in the Dictionary of Welsh Biography, written by Derec Llwyd Morgan in 2009, reads: ‘his tongue like his fountain pen could be very sharp. His bearing alone was enough to frighten some people and his criticism was scathing. But he also enjoyed leg pulling…a scholar prince who never forgot his people, his peers or their essential institutions’.
Could not the scholar prince not have directed his very sharp tongue and frightening bearing at the friends of the gang of paedophiles that occupied so many of the senior posts in the essential institutions? Or was Thomas Parry too busy pulling everyone’s leg? It must have been a laugh a minute supping and hobnobbing with people who were having kids in care banged up after they’d had sex with them and used them for porn. Nearly as funny as when they contracted HIV from the people who had sexually molested them.
Derec Llwyd Morgan was Principal of Aberystwyth, 1994-2004.
Thomas Parry married Enid, daughter of Mr and Mrs Picton Davies – who could well be related to the Picton Davies who was President of the London Welsh Society – in 1936. He died in 1985 at Bangor. Leg pulling and laughing all the way to his grave no doubt.
The President of Aber during the latter part of Thomas Parry’s time there and then until 1976 as Principal was Sir Ben Bowen Thomas. Bowen Thomas was born in Ystrad Rhondda and attended Rhondda Grammar School. He then went to University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and then to Jesus College, Oxford. Bowen Thomas was influenced by the adult education movement and spent five years as a university tutorial class lecturer. He was the first Warden of Coleg Harlech when it was founded in 1927. Bowen Thomas remained in that post until 1940, when he took up a position as a civil servant in the Ministry of Labour and was then appointed Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Department of the Ministry of Education, 1945-63. He was President of the London Welsh Trust 1953-55. Bowen Thomas was involved with UNESCO, as a member of the Executive Board and later the Chair, 1958-60.
He retired from the civil service in 1963 and was appointed President of Aber in 1964. Bowen Thomas Chaired the Baptist Union of Wales, 1966-67. My post ‘A Serious Moral Collapse’ describes a publication of the Baptist Union of Wales dated July 1971. It details the wise words dispensed to the Welsh Baptists when they were addressed by one Dr Dafydd Alun Jones – Dafydd maintained that remembering Bible verses one learnt as a child may be enough to prevent a ‘serious moral collapse’.
The Principal of Aberystwyth 1969-79 was Sir Goronwy Daniel. Goronwy Daniel was born in Ystradgynlais, the son of a colliery manager. He attended Pontardawe Grammar School, then Amman Valley County School, went to university at Aber and then to Jesus College, Oxford. He joined the civil service in 1943 and worked as a statistical assistant to Sir William Beveridge in the Ministry of Labour. Goronwy Daniel became Permanent Secretary at the Welsh Office upon its establishment in 1964, where he remained until 1969. Goronwy served under Secretaries of State Jim Griffiths, Cledwyn Hughes and George Thomas. So it was Goronwy who was heading up the corruption and the concealing of terrible things in north Wales by the Welsh Office from its very establishment. As well as being Principal of Aberystwyth, Sir Goronwy was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, 1977-79 and Chairman of the S4C Authority, 1981-86, having been a prime mover in the creation of S4C. For details of the way in which the welfare and safety of children in care and mental health patients in north Wales were traded in return for the creation of S4C and the Welsh Language Act of 1993, see post ‘The Cradle of Filth’. When I wrote ‘The Cradle of Filth’, I was unaware of exactly who the individuals were who reminded Willie Whitelaw that the north Wales children’s homes were being used as a knocking shop by a number of public figures – including Willie’s colleague the Tory MP for Chester, Sir Peter Morrison – when Whitelaw renegaded on his promise to establish a Welsh language TV channel. I have now found out who they were. Goronwy Daniel was one of ‘three wise men’ – the other two were the Archbishop of Wales and Cledwyn Hughes – who went to see Whitelaw in London. Approximately one week later, Nicholas Edwardes the Secretary of State for Wales, announced that there’d be a Welsh language TV channel. I bet he did – the Westminster Paedophile Ring needed its supply of fresh meat and an awful lot of people wanted to remain in their comfy jobs and not go to prison.
The Archbishop of Wales who participated in this sordid piece of bargaining was Gwilym Williams. Williams grew up and went to school in Caernarvonshire and then on to Jesus College, Oxford. Until 1940 Williams was the curate at St Asaph. He was then the chaplain at St David’s College, Lampeter. In 1945 he became the chaplain and tutor at St Mary’s College, Bangor and also a lecturer in theology at UCNW. In 1947 Williams was appointed Canon of Bangor Cathedral. In 1948 he became the headmaster of Llandovery College. Gwilym Williams was the Bishop of Bangor, 1957-82. For many of those years he held the post along with the post of Archbishop of Wales.
This might explain something that I always found a little surprising, although perhaps I shouldn’t have. My post ‘Amber Rudd, The Miners’ Strike and a Memory Jogged’ describes how in the summer of 1984, Brown and I went to a public meeting organised by the Bishop of Bangor regarding the problem of drug abuse in north Wales, only to find Dafydd addressing the audience. I hadn’t encountered Dafydd by then, but even so Brown and I realised that he was mad and very obviously didn’t know his arse from his elbow. The Bishop then was Cledan Mears and I’ve presumed that the Bishop et al didn’t actually know what Dafydd got up to. They obviously did – the previous Bishop had been one of the paedophiles’ friends himself. He won’t have been all on his own either, there’ll have been others around him who were paedophiles’ friends and they will still have been in place two years later when we went to Cledan Mears’s meeting. It also explains why Bangor Cathedral was famously dysfunctional with backbiting and unpleasantness which drove people away.
The first appointments to S4C were made by Goronwy Daniel with Professor Alwyn Roberts, another member of S4C’s Board. Elan Closs Stephens – whom Goronwy appointed as Professor of Drama at Aberystwyth in 1975 – eventually became Chair of S4C. The first Chief Executive of S4C was Owen Edwards, son of Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards.
Sir Goronwy was Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, 1978-89.
Goronwy Daniel married Lady Valerie Lloyd George, granddaughter of Lloyd George and daughter of the 2nd Earl Lloyd George, Lloyd George’s son Richard, in 1940.
Goronwy Daniel died in 2003. His obituary in the ‘Independent’, written by Meic Stephens, described Goronwy as a ‘safe pair of hands, always a prerequisite for appointments in his native Wales’. You’ve summed it up there Meic, all hell would have been unleashed if anyone had dared spark off anything that led to the revelation that disadvantaged kids and mental health patients were being used for sex – often by members of the British upper echelons and from the Tory Party as well – whilst huge swathes of the Welsh speaking middle classes acquired cushy numbers for themselves in return for colluding with it all. Meic also explained that Goronwy was ‘well versed in mandarin culture when he took up the appointment as Permanent Secretary’ and that this ‘Welsh speaker and patriot’ knew that his ‘main job was to establish the credibility of the Welsh Office’. Meic informs us that it was under Goronwy’s leadership that the Welsh Office acquired additional responsibilities for health and agriculture’. So THAT’S who ensured that Dafydd, Gwynne and the paedophiles’ friends were brought under the domain of bunch of people who were just as corrupt as they were and covered up their serious crimes for decades. Goronwy desiring that particular outcome and indeed managing to persuade people to allow him to ensure it happened won’t have been a coincidence.
Goronwy Daniel was said to have got his knighthood in return for ‘weathering the turbulence of the investiture’. At Aber he supported teaching through the medium of Welsh and established a bilingual drama department in 1973. Goronwy Daniel developed Aberystwyth Arts Centre and was the President of the West Wales Association for the Arts. He was ‘an egalitarian spirit: he treated everyone with the same warm geniality, however exalted or lowly their place’. Unless of course they were kids in care being targeted by a paedophile gang.
There is an account of Goronwy making a dick of himself when the French dramatist Eugene Ionesco visited Aber and lunched with Goronwy at the Principal’s official residence. Goronwy’s contribution to polite chat was to move around the room pointing at the furniture, repeatedly asking Ionesco how much he thought that each piece was worth, only to then tell Ionesco that it was very much more valuable than he realised.
When Goronwy left Aber in 1979, he retired to Pembrokeshire to enjoy ‘country pursuits’. Presumably the egalitarian spirit wiled away many happy days blasting pheasants out of the air on his country estate. Perhaps with some of his wife’s friends. Lady Valerie was used to the best from a very young age. There is film footage in the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales at the National Library of Wales featuring Lady Valerie, the daughter of Lloyd George’s eldest son Richard. Lady Valerie remembers going to stay at Downing Street for long stretches at a time. Lloyd George was an indulgent grandfather who liked to spend time with his grandchildren, so he had nursery accommodation built for them on the top floor at Downing Street. The grandchildren used to be allowed into the Cabinet Room where they would jump about on the furniture.
A lot of people in that network were very fond of children.
Someone who worked under/with Sir Goronwy the paedophiles’ friend before Goronwy was Principal of Aberystwyth was a man called Rhodri Morgan. Between 2000-09 Rhodri was First Minister of Wales. Jane Hutt and Dr Brian Gibbons, two people whom Rhodri appointed as Ministers – as well as his main special advisor Mark Drakeford who later became Health Minister – failed to react whilst heath and social services staff in north Wales were involved in serious criminal activity.
Rhodri was born in Cardiff in 1939, the son of Professor T.J. Morgan. He attended Whitchurch Grammar School, St John’s College, Oxford and Harvard University.
He worked as a tutor for the WEA (1963-65); as a research officer in local and central gov’t (1967-71); as an economic advisor to the DTI (1972-74); as an industrial development officer for South Glamorgan County Council (1974-80); as head of the European Community’s Office in Wales (1980-87). He was MP for Cardiff West, 1987-2001; AM for Cardiff West, 1999-2011; First Minister, 2000-09. Rhodri was appointed Chancellor of Swansea University in 2011.
Rhodri’s father, Professor T.J. Morgan, was born near Swansea and went to what became Swansea University. He was from a Welsh speaking family and met his wife Huana at the National Eisteddfod. He was the Professor of Welsh at Swansea, 1961-75.
In August 2006, BBC News Wales, reporting from the Eisteddfod, told us that Rhodri’s great-great-great grandfather Morgan Morgan was a local leader of the Rebecca Riots in the mid-19th century. Other ancestors of Rhodri were involved in the riots as well. Rhodri’s brother Prys told the BBC that the imprisonment of their forebears ‘has always been an inspiration from childhood to the radicalisation of my dear brother’.
The BBC also reported that the winner of the crown for the main literature prize that day at the Eisteddfod was Eigra Lewis Roberts. The BBC told us that Eigra had won many prizes at Eisteddfodau and was ‘one of Wales’s most popular authors’. Eigra has been featured on S4C a number of times. Eigra was born in Blaenau Ffestiniog, graduated from what is now Bangor University and later taught at Holyhead and Llanwrst.
Many school teachers in north Wales knew that the kids in the care of the local authorities were being abused. The teachers in the mainstream schools weren’t abusing the children in the same way in which the social workers employed in the children’s homes were – although the teacher employed in the Ty’r Felin home in Bangor was appalling and routinely physically assaulted his pupils – but they were well aware that disadvantaged kids were not being treated in the same way as children from other homes. One of the homes where children were abused was in Holyhead. Llanwrst is a rather different place – it is a rural Welsh speaking town in the Conwy Valley, traditionally a farming area. The area around Llanwrst is highly desirable and there are some expensive properties located there. I have noticed whilst researching for this blog that again and again people who later occupied key positions at a senior level who concealed the criminality in the welfare services in north Wales came from the better off families in the Llanwrst area.
An article from ‘Wales Online’, Jan 2010, tells us that at some point in the 1960s, Rhodri’s best friend Neil Kinnock persuaded Rhodri to join the Labour Party. Rhodri’s brother Prys stated that Welsh history and culture had become more important to Rhodri since his appointment as First Minister and that Rhodri had been ‘far more involved with the Welsh language heartlands’. It was in the language heartlands of north Wales that there was the worst problem with the institutionalised abuse of children and mental health patients, although these problems existed elsewhere too.
Prys Morgan, like his brother, attended Whitchurch Grammar and St John’s College, Oxford. In 1964 he began teaching history at University College, Swansea – where his father had been a Professor. Prys too became a Professor in the same institution in which his father had been a Professor! Prys is now Professor Emeritus. Since his retirement Prys has been: President of the National Eisteddfod; President of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion; joint Director of the Iolo Morganwg Project at Aberystwyth University; a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society for Wales and a member of its Inaugural Council.
Rhodri Morgan died in 2017. His funeral was led by his ‘friend and former Welsh Labour colleague’ humanist funeral celebrant, Lorraine Barrett.
Lorraine was the Labour and Co-operative AM for Cardiff and Penarth, 2007-11. Lorraine was born in the Rhondda and married Paul Barrett. Paul Barrett was the agent and manager of pop musicians in south Wales during the 1960, 70s and 80s – the highest profile name on his books was Shakin’ Stevens. Paul Barrett ended up in a huge legal dispute with Shaky once Shaky became rich and famous – it seems that royalties worth a bomb which were owed to Barrett didn’t find their way to him. Lorraine was a nurse who was also a Councillor in the Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth Town Council. She was an assistant to another name that has cropped up on this blog, Alun Michael, MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, 1987-99 (see post ‘The Cradle of Filth’). Lorraine was a member of the Welsh Labour Executive, the National Policy Forum and the TGWU.
As an Angel, Lorraine will have known that there were serious problems in the NHS in the Cardiff area, including in the University Hospital and in the Welsh National School of Medicine. She will have gathered even more information about this in her capacity as a Councillor. Her union, the TGWU, represented the people staffing those dysfunctional institutions rather than the people who were being abused and neglected. Which is why we are still not hearing the truth about institutional corruption from unions like the TGWU. Neither did we ever hear about it from Lorraine. Lorraine and her husband might be able to shed light on the sexploitation of teenagers as well – it is rampant in the music business. Shakin’ Stevens himself was named and shamed many years ago in the 70s/80s when he first hit the big time. It was revealed in the press that Shaky was being promoted as a heart throb to younger adolescent girls, although Shaky was married with kids and much older than anyone let on. This rather unscrupulous marketing was the work of Shaky’s manager. I wonder who that might have been.
Rhodri Morgan married Julie in 1967. Julie Morgan was the MP for Cardiff North, 1997-2010 and has been the Cardiff North AM since 2011. Julie was elected as an MP on an all-woman shortlist and is a chum of Harriet Harman’s, who was responsible for that initiative – an initiative that was used by Blair to impose his own choice of candidates on constituencies. As a result of all-women shortlists, a number of local candidates with years of service behind them – including some women – lost their chance of being elected. It was an all-woman shortlist that led to the electorate’s rebellion in 2005 which saw Labour lose its safest seat in Wales. Peter Hain subsequently publicly stated that the Labour Party needed to apologise because they had stopped listening to the electorate. Harriet et al showed no such regrets, I don’t think that they were even listening to Peter Hain, let alone the electorate.
Julie was born in Cardiff, went to Howell’s School and then King’s College, London. She then went to Manchester University and University College Cardiff. She became a social worker with Barry Social Services and then Assistant Director of Barnardo’s. She was a Councillor on South Glamorgan County Council, 1985-97 and on Cardiff City Council from 1995.
Some of those responsible for abusing the children in care in north Wales had worked for Barnardo’s. Julie was elected as an MP as the Waterhouse Inquiry took evidence from the former kids in care in north Wales who had been beaten, raped, deprived of food, forced to work as free labour in local businesses and trafficked into sex work.
Julie’s ‘fundamental beliefs’ include ‘equal treatment for children…in respect of protection from violence’. But not if that involves speaking up when you’ve been put on an all woman short list and your husband’s got his eye on a job as First Minister obviously.
Julie is involved in women’s rights, the welfare of children and disabled people. She was the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Children in Wales!
Julie is a veteran of the south Wales Labour Party network – she campaigned for Sunny Jim Callaghan alongside her pals Neil Kinnock and Rhodri.
When Rhodri was elected as First Minister in 2000, his mother said ‘he has wanted this from the very start. Now he has had his wish and that’s nice for him isn’t it?’ Rhodri became First Minister the year that the Waterhouse Report that was published. The biggest child abuse scandal that the UK had ever experienced – and Rhodri then employed and promoted some of the people who were responsible for managing the ‘services’ which allowed it to happen. Many of the abused kids had been found dead and five witnesses were killed in a petrol bomb attack.
But at least Rhodri made it as far as First Minister and that was nice for him.
In 1977, two years before Sir Goronwy Daniel stood down as Principal of Aberystwyth, this blog’s old friend Cledwyn Hughes, aka Lord Cledwyn was appointed President of the institution. He held the post until 1985. More details of Cledwyn’s long and glorious career in helping out the paedophiles’ friends and his relationship with the Kinnocks can be read in my post ‘The Cradle of Filth’. Not only was Cledwyn Secretary of State for Wales, one of the ‘three wise men’ who hammered out the ‘rent boys for S4C’ deal and President of Aberystwyth, but he later turned up as President of the University of Wales, Bangor, 1995-2000, as well. So Cledwyn had a full house. Bingo!
Gareth Owen was the Principal of Aber who followed Sir Goronwy. Gareth Owen held the office 1979-89. Gareth Owen was a zoologist who was also Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales. There is very little information available about Gareth Owen.
Between 1985-97, Sir Melvyn Rosser was President of Aberystwyth. Melvyn is a bit of a mystery to me – there is hardly anything about him available online, so I don’t actually know who he was. I suspect that like Professor Robert Bluglass who disappeared from the internet in a very similar manner a few years ago, Melvyn might have disgraced himself in some way. He had been knighted so had obviously made himself useful to somebody and was Chairman of the HTV Group, 1986-91. Melvyn appears on the list of old pupils of Bishop Gore School and he died in 2001, but I can’t even find any obituaries for him.
There are however references to Sir Melvyn in Hansard, March 1985. Hansard records that Ron Davies – he who was Secretary of State for Wales and achieved notoriety in Wales by experiencing a ‘moment of madness’ on Clapham Common and a few years later being caught ‘looking for badgers’ in a well known gay cruising spot (see post ‘The Cradle of Filth’) – asked the Secretary of State for Wales, Nicholas Edwardes, if he would list all the appointments held under his patronage by Sir Melvyn Rosser since 1979. Edwardes replied that he hadn’t appointed Melvyn to any public body, but that he was consulted by the Chairman of the Manpower Services Commission prior to Sir Melvyn’s initial appointment as Chairman of the Manpower Services Committee for Wales in 1980 and on his re-appointment in 1983.
I remember the Manpower Services Commission well – one of Thatcher’s ‘job creation’ cons, in which people who had no hope of getting a job were duped into participating in a short-term bit of meaningless activity in return for the amount of money that they would have received if they were on benefits, only to find themselves unemployed once more when the ‘scheme’ stopped. UCNW took on some of the ‘trainees’ whilst I was an undergrad and a degree of confusion resulted because the trainees would describe themselves as being on an ‘MSC project’ and unsuspecting people would think they were on an MSc project. This went on many years before I read any sociology but even then I observed an obvious social hierarchy – the MSC ‘trainees’ were local young Welsh people who were unable to find jobs because of the state of the nation’s economy, the supervisors of the ‘projects’ upon which they were allegedly working were nearly always social workers or teachers who had moved to north Wales and couldn’t work as social workers or teachers because they didn’t speak Welsh and the people presiding over all this were public figures appointed by Thatch, one of whom I now know to have been Sir Melvyn. I only knew two people from the many MSC trainees who were ‘trained’ who moved into permanent worthwhile jobs as a result of the MSC project – both of them were highly competent and good team workers who would have found no difficulty at all gaining employment if Thatcher hadn’t have destroyed the economy of Wales. But Sir Melvyn obviously did very well out of his MSC training placement.
The National Archives at Kew also contains records which refer to Melvyn. Melvyn is named as a member of the Diamond Committee. I think that this must be a reference to a Committee Chaired by Jack Diamond, who was a member of Harold Wilson’s Cabinet but later joined the Gang of Four when they founded the SDP. So the Committee that Melvyn was a member of could have been the Royal Commission on the Distribution of Wealth and Income OR the PM’s Advisory Committee on Business Appointments of Civil Servants. Jack Diamond himself was involved with work with the poor of the East End, the RCN and was Director of Sadlers Wells Trust.
If any readers have any information about Sir Melvyn and why he’s been air-brushed out of history, please do contact me.
Melvyn may have disappeared without trace, but the man who was Principal of Aberystwyth (1989-94) under Melvyn certainly has not. That man is Kenneth Morgan aka Lord Kenneth O. Morgan of Aberdyfi. Kenneth Morgan is a Welsh historian who is described as having exerted great influence upon the Labour Party.
Kenneth Morgan attended Aberdovey School, University College School and Oriel College, Oxford. Kenneth Morgan is on record as being very rude about the quality of education that was on offer at Oriel, but he was very complimentary about his lecturers Asa Briggs and Hugh Trevor-Roper – the Hugh Trevor-Roper who lost all credibility in 1983 when he was taken in by the forgeries that were the Hitler Diaries.
Kenneth Morgan lectured at University College Swansea, 1958-66 (so he’ll have known Rhodri Morgan’s extended clan who colonised that establishment), was Principal of Aber, 1989-94 and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, 1989-95.
Kenneth Morgan was made a member of the Gorsedd of the Bards in 2008 and in 2009 received the Medal from the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. He was a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. Kenneth is a member of the Labour Party.
During the 1970s and 80s a group of historians caused a great deal of trouble in Wales and people were traumatised by them. They were the Welsh labour historians who had been influenced by people like Eric Hobsbawm and E.P. Thompson and they introduced a Marxist analysis into the social history of Wales. They were very prolific and very productive and at one point it looked as though history was going somewhere, but sadly history in the UK has now evolved into TV programmes about the ancestors of the Royal Family presented by Lucy Worsley and books about Great Men written by the likes of Boris and Lord Hague of the Concealing of the Paedophile Gang.
It seems that Kenneth Morgan was also upset by the Welsh labour historians – Morgan describes himself as a ‘traditional liberal historian’. When discussing the work of the labour historians, Kenneth is on record as saying that it ‘was too often doctrinaire and intolerant of non-Marxist dissent – it was also too often plain wrong, distorting the evidence within a narrow doctrinaire framework. I felt it incumbent upon me to help resist it. But this was not always fun. I recall addressing a history meeting in Cardiff…when for the only time in my life, I was subjected to an incoherent series of attacks of a highly personal kind, playing the man not the ball, focusing on my accent, my being at Oxford and the supposedly reactionary tendencies of my empiricist colleagues’.
Never mind Kenneth, they might have taken the piss out of you, but you’ve got a Medal from the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion and a seat in the Lords, alongside a load of spineless gits who concealed institutionalised corruption in the British state.
One memorable argument forwarded by members of the group of historians who upset Kenneth Morgan so much was their insistence that the working classes of Wales were not just oppressed by English landowners and the aristocracy, but that the middle classes of Wales had done much oppressing themselves, although they had skilfully used their influence in the nonconformist churches and their control of the press to frame themselves as the defenders of language and nation.
I just cannot help thinking of all those social workers, teachers, councillors, lawyers, judges, Top Doctors and politicians who constructed themselves as patriots and Welsh language champions whilst concealing and/or facilitating that paedophile gang in north Wales. The paedophile gang who were securing children to be sexually used by Sir Peter Morrison, Lord Kenyon’s son and others.
Not only has Ken got a medal and a peerage but in Jun 2014 he was honoured in Parliament by being awarded a lifetime achievement award from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History. The joint Chair of that Group was Dr Hywel Francis, an honorary Professor at Swansea University. Kenneth was Dr Hywel Francis’s tutor when Hywel was a student at Swansea in 1965! Which will have been when Rhodri’s dad and brother were involved with what is now Swansea University. Hywel Francis attended Whitchurch Grammar School. As did Rhodri and his brother.
Before he was elected as the MP for Aberavon, Hywel Francis was a Professor at the University of Wales. It might have even been at Swansea…
Hywel has been a member of the Gorsedd of the Bards since 1986. He is Vice-President of Carer’s UK and has suggested that Wales could have a Carer’s Commissioner, based on the Children’s Commissioner. Hywel was Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights and the former Chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee. I wonder if Hywel was Chair of that Committee when the paedophiles’ friends got together and submitted their Memorandum to the Committee as part of their efforts to have Edwina Hart removed as Health Minister, after she tried to take on the corruption and carnage in the NHS in north Wales (see post ‘A Vampire At Glyndwr University’). In 2014 Hywel Francis became Chair of Byw Nawr, an organisation set up by the Dying Matters Coalition.
Hywel Francis stood down as the MP for the safe seat of Aberavon and Stephen Kinnock succeeded him. Stephen Kinnock is particularly committed to Wales, having been to school in London, then to university at Queen’s College, Cambridge, then to the College of Europe in Bruges for postgraduate work. This was followed by a career based in Europe, St Petersburg and London. Stephen married that well-known local Welsh girl, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Prime Minister of Denmark. She was often seen out and about in Merthyr. No doubt Stephen was selected for Aberavon with the help of an all-woman shortlist.
Kenneth Morgan was married to historian and criminologist Jane Morgan, who died in 1992. Jane’s obituary in the ‘Independent’ explains that she came from Wrexham, went to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and did her PhD at the University of Leicester. She married Kenneth in 1973. Jane Morgan worked at the Centre for Criminological Research, Oxford University, 1985-89. Jane’s special interests were child victims of crime. She was a victim support organiser and magistrate ‘who was devoted to her children’. Jane had an ‘impish sense of humour’, a ‘finely tuned sense of the ridiculous’ and she of course ‘cared about people’. So who wrote this obsequious drivel about a grade A hypocrite who married an even bigger, more successful grade A hypocrite at the centre of a hub of serious corruption? It was none other than Dick Hobbs! Dick Hobbs was formerly a Professor at the University of Essex – I think that he is now in Australia – an ethnographer with a high degree of street cred. His research interest is organised and professional crime, drug markets and bent coppers. Dick Hobbs is famous for having conducted ethnographic research into these matters, which necessitated him involving himself in the life of criminal gangs. Dick Hobbs is a buddy of Laurie Taylor, the sociologist who presents ‘Thinking Allowed’ on Radio 4. Dick Hobbs was interviewed on ‘Thinking Allowed’ a few weeks ago, regarding the ethics of conducting ethnographic research into crime. I’ve conducted quite a bit of it myself Dick. Not of course as a friend of Jane Morgan or as a friend of Laurie Taylor – but as a victim of the fucking criminals whom you all remained silent about whilst you crawled your way into jobs which gave you a platform to mouth off about your caring nature and solidarity with the underclass. Hope you don’t mind me publishing the details of the wrongdoing with which you all colluded – it’s that impish sense of humour of mine.
Laurie Taylor’s son Matthew is the former Head of Blair’s No 10 Policy Unit.
The President of Aber 1997-07 was yet another star of this blog, Lord Elystan-Morgan. Lord Elystan-Morgan was appointed whilst the Waterhouse Inquiry opened and began taking evidence. He remained in post until the dust had settled and a few awkward sods had given up trying to tell anyone who would listen that a huge cover-up had taken place and that Sir Ronnie Waterhouse was a friend and colleagues of many of those who had overseen the ‘services’ or occupied public office whilst things had gone so catastrophically wrong.
Elystan Morgan went to school and university at Aber. He was a law graduate of Aber who worked as a solicitor and barrister. He stood as the Plaid candidate for Wrexham three times, twice in 1955 and once in 1959. He stood as the Plaid candidate for Merioneth in 1964. Elystan Morgan then joined the Labour Party and was elected as the Labour MP for Cardiganshire in 1966. He was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Home Office, 1968-70 – when the Home Office was directly responsible for managing Bryn Estyn. Elystan Morgan was then Chair of the Welsh Parliamentary Labour Party, 1971-74. He lost his seat in Feb 1974 and in 1979 stood as the Labour candidate for Anglesey but lost to the Conservative candidate Keith Best. After that Elystan decided that he’d concentrate on his legal career.
Dr Dafydd Alun Jones unlawfully arrested and imprisoned Mary Wynch in 1979 (see post ‘The Mary Wynch Case – Details’). When she was finally released from the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, having been fleeced of her property by Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends, Mary went into hiding and began legal action. So the paedophiles’ friends might have been in need of all the help that they could muster after 1979.
Elystan was given a peerage in 1981.
Lord Elystan-Morgan was a Recorder, 1983-87 and a Circuit judge 1987-2003. He worked on the corrupt Chester and Wales Circuit.
Lord Elystan-Morgan is a deacon in the Presbytarian Church of Wales.
The post of President of Aberystwyth is public appointment and will be the concern of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for England and Wales. The Commissioner from 1995-99 was Sir Len Peach, who will have been the most senior person involved with the appointment of Elystan-Morgan. Sir Len Peach was the Chief Executive of the NHS, 1986-89. Whilst Mary Wynch, Alison Taylor and me were raising concerns about criminal activity in the NHS and social services in north Wales. Len Peach was seconded to the Dept of Health in 1985 as the Director of Personnel to the NHS Management Board which was established by Thatcher’s Secretary of State For Health and Social Security Norman Fowler.
In 1992 Len Peach was appointed Chair of the Police Complaints Authority. In 1992 five witnesses to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal were killed in a petrol bomb attack (see post ‘The Silence of the Welsh Lambs’) and demands were being made for an investigation into the abuse of children in north Wales which did not involve the North Wales Police, as it was alleged that some police officers had abused children themselves and concealed the crimes of others. In 1992 Gordon Anglesea, a senior officer with the North Wales Police, was named on TV by former residents of Bryn Estyn as having sexually abused them whilst they were in Bryn Estyn.
The Principal of Aber during the Waterhouse Inquiry and the aftermath ie. between 1994-2004, was Derec Llywd Morgan, the Derec Llwyd Morgan who wrote the ingratiating entry for Thomas Parry, a previous Principal of Aber, in the Dictionary of Welsh Biography.
Derec was yet another chip off the old block. He went to the Amman Valley County Grammar School in Carmarthenshire, then to UCNW (Bangor University), then to Jesus College, Oxford. He lectured at Aber, then lectured at UCNW in the Welsh Department and in 1989 was appointed Professor of Welsh at Aber. Derec Morgan was Vice-Principal of Aber and was then appointed Principal/Vice-Chancellor.
Derec Morgan served on the Broadcasting Council for Wales; on the Independent Television Commission; on the Court and Council of the National Library of Wales; and on the Sir Kyffin Williams Trust. I barely need to mention that he was a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and a member of the Inaugural Council, although he seems to have missed out on the Medal from the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion.
The President of Aberystwyth University who succeeded Lord Elystan-Morgan in 2007 and who is currently President is the former diplomat Sir Emyr Jones Parry – or Sir Emma – as the ‘Today’ programme on Radio 4 always calls him.
Sir Emma is a physicist who studied at University College Cardiff and then at St Catherines, Cambridge. Whilst he was at Cardiff he was President of the Student Union. Sir Emma joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1973. He has held a number of senior posts there, including the Deputy Political Director responsible for the 1996-97 Balkans and Aegean Policy. I seem to remember that the Balkans was not a rip-roaring success. Sir Emma has also carried out a few stints at the European Parliament. In Jan 2008 he became Chair of Redress, a human rights organisation in London. He was also the UK Ambassador to the UN. He was President of the OU Business School’s International Advisory Board, responsible for the global development of the School. In 2010 Sir Emma was appointed Chair of the Trustees of the Millennium Centre.
Sir Emma is President of the Learned Society of Wales.
The Vice-Chancellors – as they were now calling themselves – who followed Derec Morgan at Aberystwyth University were Noel Lloyd (2004-12), April McMahon (2011-16) and Elizabeth Treasure (2016-present).
In recent years Aberystwyth University has been a very troubled institution. That is true of most universities now, crazy ill-thought out policies, marketisation and new public management have virtually murdered all UK universities, but Aber does seem to have had its own unique style of dysfunction. Which is hardly surprising when one considers the paleontology of that institution. In the 1980s Aber considered itself a cut above Bangor, but more recently it has attracted lurid headlines alleging serious mismanagement, embezzlement of funds, workplace bullying and the squandering of millions on a campus in Malaysia when there wasn’t enough money to do what was necessary in Aberystwyth. A major diplomatic incident occurred when Professor April McMahon was appointed as VC because she couldn’t speak Welsh – although she is a linguist. April said that she’d learn. April left all of a sudden under a huge cloud and now Elizabeth Treasure has arrived. Elizabeth Treasure was previously at Cardiff University and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth as a result of her activities in the medical school there – which had been riddled with corruption for years, so who knows perhaps Elizabeth was just confronting crooked Top Doctors which always ensures that the fur flies. I cannot help wondering whether someone with a sense of humour sent Elizabeth Treasure to Aberystwyth to destroy the place.
Why the old fossils felt the need to form themselves into the Learned Society of Wales in 2010 I do not know, but it was launched at the National Museum of Wales in May 2010 and the Inaugural President was Sir John Cadogan. I noticed it happening at the time but I had no information at all concerning the Learned Ones. They had already all given each other the Medal of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, but obviously felt that their capacity to give each other awards should be increased. I am wondering if perhaps they felt under siege for some reason, that is often the motivating factor behind a new Society for Important People – the Top Doctors excel in this area. I note that Sir John Cadogan is no Welsh poet. He is an organic chemist who has previously worked at the Chemical Defence Establishment Porton Down – a place involved with biological and chemical warfare and particularly cruel animal experiments, a place with such a fearful reputation that most scientists wouldn’t work there, so Porton Down paid through the nose to attract the only people unscrupulous enough to take the filthy lucre – and worked as Chief Scientist for BP. As a reward for his outstanding career in researching new ways of killing lots of people and causing pollution, Sir john Cardogan was awarded a Medal even better than one from the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion – specifically a Royal Medal from Prince Philip, on behalf of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Sir John was also the Chair of Fusion Antibodies Ltd and DNA Research Innovation Ltd. Which is terrifying.
Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Wales, Archbishop of Canterbury and the present Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge is also a member of the Learned Society of Wales.
It is worth having a look at some of those who held the role of Librarian at the National Library of Wales.
Sir John Ballinger – 1909-30. Ballinger from Monmouthshire. He was awarded the Medal of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. After retiring he moved to Hawarden in Flintshire and advised St Deiniol’s Library.
William Llewelyn Davies – 1930-52. Davies was from Pwllheli and went to university at Aberystwyth. He was assistant librarian under Ballinger and succeeded him. Davies was High Sheriff of Merionethshire in 1951.
David Jenkins – 1969-79. Jenkins went to university at Aber. He had previously worked as an assistant in the library in the late 1930s and then returned to work there again after serving in the Army. Jenkins was the General Commissioner for Income Tax, 1968-69 and Chair of the Welsh Books Council, 1974-80.
R. Geraint Gruffydd – 1980-85. Gruffydd was a graduate of UNCW and Jesus College, Oxford. He was Professor of Welsh Language and Literature at Aberystwyth, 1970-79 and then Emeritus Professor. Gruffydd was Director of the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, 1985-93. He became a fellow of the British Academy in 1991. Gruffydd’s family were Calvinists and his father Moses Griffith was the first Treasurer of Plaid. Gruffydd was a founding fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.
Bryn Roberts – 1985-94. Roberts had been a student at Aber and a member of staff there. He became the Professor of Welsh Language and Literature at Swansea. Roberts was Editor of the Dictionary of Welsh Biography in 1987. He was also Vice-Chair of the Welsh Books Council, 1986-89, then Chair 1989-94, then a member 1994-2007; a member of HEFCW, 1993-2000. Bryn was awarded the Medal of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion in 2007.
Andrew Green – 1998-13. Green had previously been the librarian at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth 1973-74; the University College Cardiff 1985-89; the University of Sheffield 1989-92; the Director of the Library and Information Services at the University of Wales, Swansea 1992-98. Green learnt to speak Welsh fluently and in 2009 became a member of the Gorsedd of the Bards.
There are numerous other links and relationships between members of the Aberystwyth network hat I have not provided here because there just isn’t the scope for it on this blog. However I hope to have conveyed how extensive and suffocating this network was and its connections with people far grander than lecturers in rural Welsh universities. Anyone crossing the path of this lot was stuffed at every turn, often by people with smiles on their faces. Whilst researching for this post I couldn’t help noticing how many people in the network were actually part of the network in which Trumpers was a key figure – people who were friends with the Lloyd George family, the Astors and who had been to University College School in Hampstead.
I need to mention who the Chancellor of the University of Wales was during many of the latter years of this madness. It was Prince Charles.