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This article is about the literary title. For the religious title of Archdruid, see Ár nDraíocht Féin.

The Archdruid (Welsh: Archdderwydd) is the title used by the presiding official of the Gorsedd.[1] The Archdruid presides over the most important ceremonies at the National Eisteddfod of Wales including the Crowning of the Bard, The Award of the Prose Medal and Chairing of the Bard. From 1932 only former winners of the Eisteddfod Crown or Chair could become Archdruid. By the beginning of the twenty-first century Prose Medal winners were included in this élite band and the first to be elected under this ruling was Robyn Llŷn (Robyn Léwis) (2002–05)[2]

List of Archdruids of Wales[edit]

The following is a list of Archdruids.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hanes Gorsedd y Beirdd. Bowen, Geraint and Bowen, Zonia; Cyhoeddiadau Barddas ,1991
  2. ^ "Gorsedd of the Bards: The Archdruid". Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Archdderwyddon Cymru ers 1888 (Yn dangos blynyddoedd eu swydd)". (in Welsh and Gaelic). Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
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