The National Eisteddfod of Wales

The National Eisteddfod of Wales
Montgomeryshire and the Marches, 1 - 8 August

Montgomeryshire and the Marches
1 - 8 August 2015

Gorsedd of the Bards

The Gorsedd of Bards of the Isle of Britain has a long and interesting history dating back to the end of the eighteenth century.

Iolo Morganwg, an academic, originally from Llancarfan in Glamorgan, created the Gorsedd, and this happened on Primrose Hill, London in 1792. Iolo Morganwg believed that the fact that the culture and heritage of the Celts belonged to the Welsh was a fact which needed emphasising, and he believed that the creation of the Gorsedd was the perfect vehicle to reflect this.


In 2009, a commemorative plaque was unveiled on Primrose Hill to celebrate Iolo Morganwg’s contribution and the creation of the Gorsedd of the Bards of the Isle of Britain.

The first link between the Gorsedd and the Eisteddfod was in 1819 at the Carmarthen Eisteddfod, and since the creation of the National Eisteddfod in its current form in 1861, a strong and close relationship has developed, with the Gorsedd playing an important role in the Eisteddfod every year.


For more information on the history of the Gorsedd of the Bards, go to the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales website, and the Gorsedd regalia is also on display at St Fagans: National History Museum.