Robyn Léwis

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Robyn Léwis (October 1929 – 12 August 2019)[1] was a Welsh author, politician and former archdruid of the National Eisteddfod of Wales.


Born Robyn Lewis, he studied at Pwllheli Grammar School and University College of Wales, Aberystwyth before becoming a solicitor and barrister. He became active in the Labour Party and stood, unsuccessfully, in Denbigh at the 1955 general election.[2]

During the 1960s, Léwis left Labour and joined Plaid Cymru. He was elected to Lleyn Rural District Council, and stood for the party in Caernarfon at the 1970 general election, where he came second with more than 33% of the vote.[2] He was subsequently elected as a Vice President of Plaid Cymru.[3]

In 1980, Léwis won the Prose Medal at the National Eisteddfod of Wales,[4] and in 2002 he was the first Prose Medallist to become Archdruid, under the title "Robyn Llŷn".[5] In this role, he inducted future Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams as a Bard of the Gorsedd.[6]

Léwis resigned from Plaid Cymru in 2006, in protest at the acceptance of an OBE by Elinor Bennett, wife of the party leader.[3]


  1. ^ "Former Archdruid Robin Léwis dies, aged 89". BBC News. BBC. 13 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b The Times Guide to the House of Commons 1970, p.71
  3. ^ a b "Dr Robyn Lewis: I'm willing to return to Plaid Cymru", North Wales Daily Post, 18 August 2008
  4. ^ "Prose Medal Archived 2014-10-30 at the Wayback Machine", National Eisteddfod of Wales
  5. ^ "Archdderwydd". Gorsedd y Beirdd (in Welsh). Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  6. ^ Marcus Tanner, The Last of the Celts, p.189
Party political offices
Preceded by
Phil Williams
Vice President of Plaid Cymru
Succeeded by
Phil Williams
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Meirion Evans
Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod of Wales
Succeeded by
Selwyn Griffith