W. J. Gruffydd (Elerydd)

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William John Gruffydd (1916 – 21 April 2011),[1] better known by his bardic name of Elerydd, was a Welsh Baptist minister and poet who served as Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod of Wales between 1984 and 1987.[2]

Like all Archdruids, Elerydd was himself the winner of a major prize at the National Eisteddfod, in his case the crown at the Pwllheli Eisteddfod in 1955 and at Cardiff in 1960.



  • Ffenestri (1961)
  • Cerddi'r Llygad (1973)


  • Meddylu (1986)
  • O Ffair Rhos i'r Maen Llog (2003)


  • Folklore and myth (1964)
  • Tua Soar (1994–97) Capel Soar y Mynydd, Ceredigion.


Preceded by
James Nicholas
Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod of Wales
Succeeded by
Emrys Roberts