History Day information.

Notes on the speakers

Gethin Evans is a former local government officer who, since early retirement, has  done three postgraduate degrees, pursuing in the main, research on Quakers in Wales, and  is currently researching Quakers who served and were killed in the First World War. He lives in Llanbadarn Fawr, Ceredigion. He has been a Member of the Religious Society of Friends since 1970, and has served the Society in numerous capacities, including Britain Yearly Meeting trustee, and 2nd assistant Clerk to London Yearly Meeting. He is currently a member of Meeting for Sufferings, a member of the  Quaker Committee for Christian and Inter-faith relations,  and Clerk to  Trustees of Mid-Wales Area Meeting.  .

Christine Trevett is a historian of religion and professor emerita of Cardiff university. She mostly studies and writes about the ancient world but 17th century Quaker history has been a hobby. She is a Quaker and currently clerk of Meeting of Friends in Wales, the Wales ‘arm’ of Quakerism’s national body

The Very Rev. Geraint Hughes studied Theology at Oxford, then developed an interest in local history while Vicar of Llandegley  from 1968 to 1976. He was Rector of Llandrindod from 1976 then Dean of Brecon, until retiring  to Penybont in 2000.
As well as publishing the Diary of Thomas Watkins in 1987 he has written histories of Penybont school and Llandegley village.

Martin and Lynda Williams were  wardens of The Pales from 1993-2015. Martin has researched widely on the history of the Pales and on the lives of early Quakers in the area, including their emigration to America. Both Martin and Lynda have recently published some of their research findings.

Some relevant publications:

Richard Allen, Quaker Communities in Early Modern Wales. 2007, UoW Press

Gethin Evans, Benign Neglect: The Quakers and Wales c 1860-1918 ,2014

Gethin Evans,  ‘Quakers in Wales and the First World War,  Quaker Studies, vol 21, issue 2, Dec 2016

Gethin Evans, ‘The Quakers in Cardiganshire’ Ceredigion: Journal of the Ceredigion Historical Society xvi, 3, 2011

Geraint Hughes, Diary of a Countryman, The Diary of Thomas Watkins, 1987

Geraint Hughes, A History of Llandegley School and A History of Penybont Village, 2004.

Trevor Macpherson,  ‘A Measure of Grace’ Radnorshire Society Transactions, Volume 69, 1999, pp8-33.

Trevor Macpherson, ‘A Gathered People – The Quakers in Wales’. Unpublished ms, Pales Archives

Christine Trevett, Women and Quakerism in the Seventeenth Century, York: Sessions, 1991

Chistine Trevett, Quaker Women Prophets in England and Wales 1650-1700, Lampeter,Mellen, 2000

Lynda Williams,  Anne Elizabeth Warner 1845 – 1929 A Pales Love Story. Raven Books,  2014

Martin Williams, Early Quakers in Mid Wales, Raven Books 2016. ISBN 780956492135

Martin Williams, ‘Sufferings and Openings–the Persecution and Emigration of Radnorshire Quakers,1657-1705’, Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol

LXXV, 2005 pp.100-114.

Martin Williams, Quakers in Radnorshire 1860 – 2000  Raven Books 2016. ISBN 9780956492128

Martin Williams,   History of the Pales.    www.thepales.webs.com