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Death of the Archdruid Clwydfardd.

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Death of the Archdruid Clwydfardd. With sincere regret we chronicle the death, at Abergele, of the Archdruid Clwydfardd, who peacefully passed away early on Tuesday morning, October 30th, in the presence of most of the members of his family, the venerable Bard being conscious to the last. Born at Denbigh, on Nov- ember 29, 1800, Mr David Griffiths, whose parents were the first adherents to the Wesleyan Methodist cause in Wales, was brought up to the trade of his father, that of a watchmaker. In 1827, as a local preacher in the Denbigh Circuit (which the" was so extensive as to include places so far apart as Conway and Rhuddlan), he preached his first sermon at Dyserth. His bardic career, so thickly studded with successes commenced at Denbigh Eisteddfod in 1824, with the winning of a silver medal for the best ode on the Vale of Clwyd, and ere many years had passed he was uumbered. among distinguished Eisteddfodic Adjudicators and Conductors. Since 1860, he proclaimed every National Eisteddfod from the Gorsedd circle, and in 1876 he was by the unanimous approval of the Bards and Literati the recipient ot the highest possible honour, and was installed Archdruid ft the Ancient Order of the Bards of the British Isles, probably the oldest literary institution in the world. Among the many honours of his office> he had to preside over the Gorsedd,—the sacred inner circle of the Bards,—to admit into this circle, and to invest with the ribbon of the Order the successful aspirants for bardic honours. In the summer of 1890, when the Queen ot Roumania graced the Bangor National Eisteddfod with her presence, it was the aged Archdruid who tied on the uncovered arm of Queen Elizabeth the insignia of the Order, and admitted Her Majesty among the Bards as Carmen Sylva. The sight was one long to be remembered, says a contribu- tor to The Methodist Times (Nov. 20th, 1890), In describing the scene. The beautiful, cultured, and graceful Queen standing face to face with the white-haired veteran and patriot in the centre of the Gorsedd, surrounded by the principal Bards and most distinguished literati of the Principality' every point of vantage occupied by a great cloud of witnesses," six thousand enthusias- tic fatherland-and-mother-tongue-loving Welsh people. The venerable chief, with trembling, hands, tied on the Queen's arm the blue ribbon ot the Order, with deeper admiration and pride than ever monarch invested a brave knight of a hundred victories, and then Her Majesty tenderly pressed the old man's hand, and spoke in a voice that expressed admiration and veneration: am pleased to have the honour of holding the hand of the recognised representative of the most ancient literary institution the world possesses, and I heartily hope you may live to be a hundred and fifty." The sight defied description; froflj six thousand hearts there ascended one grand Amen." Clwydfardd's vitality seemed impaired bit little, when, in 1894, at the National Eisteddfod at Carnarvon, he received into the Gorsedd Britain's future King and Queen, on that memor- able occasion on which Cambria's sweetest singer said, "After six hundred years, the Prince of Wales comes home Now that the Patriarch of Welsh VVesleyanisrt>» the venerable Archdruid Clwydfardd, has entered the Church Invisible, a nation mourns a prince, and Welsh Methodism "a great man in our Israel." THE FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS. To-morrow (Saturday) afternoon, the funeral ot Clwydfardd will take place. It will be public 111 character, and will start from the departed Arch- druid's house (at Abergele) at half-past one, with a service in the Chapel at three o'clock.

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