Welsh Naturalists’ Visit


16 May 2008

Members of the Cymdeithas Edward LLwyd  (The National Naturalists' Society of Wales) visited Lismore as part of their journey around Argyll following in the footsteps of one of the greatest scholars of the late eighteenth century, Edward Llwyd, a celebrated botanist, philosopher, geologist and  philologist. The society, which now has over 1000 members, was started by Dafydd Dafis who said that Edward had visited Mull, Iona, Kerrera and had been the first to record that the Celtic languages -Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Manx, Cornish and Brittanish - all had common routes.  

The visit was organised by Barbara Mc Dougall after she met some of them on a walking tour in Wales. The weather was superb for their walk with Barbara along the shore from the ferry to the Broch and on to the church. Later they visited the museum where they heard a talk from Donald Black about the Gaelic language before lunch in beautiful sunshine on the balcony of the café.

As a memento of the visit,  Dr Brian Evans, formerly of the National Library of Wales, presented Barbara with a copy of 'Welsh Origins of Scottish Place Names' by William Oxenham - for the Heritage Library.



Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional