CEREDIGION CYLCHGRAWN CYMDEITHAS HYNAFIAETHWYR SIR ABERTEIFI JOURNAL OF THE CARDIGANSHIRE ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY CYFROL (VOLUME) II 1952 Rhifyn (NUMBER) I SIR WILLIAM LLEWELYN DAVIES, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. Sir William Llewelyn Davies died at his home, Sherborne House, Aberystwyth, on Tuesday, 11 November 1952, at the age of 65. Born near Pwllheli, he was brought up from an early age in the neighbourhood of Penrhyndeudraeth and thus was established his relationship with the county of Merioneth, with which he closely identified himself throughout his life. Before he was born his parents had been resident at Llanafan, and that no doubt explained, to some extent, his personal interest in that part of Cardiganshire. From the local school near his home he proceeded to the County School, Port- madoc, which was the nearest secondary school to him, and, in due course, he entered the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he pursued a comprehensive course of study leading to an Honours Degree which he took in 1909. His main interest was in the Celtic languages and in Welsh-both language and literature-in particular. He continued his studies in this subject after taking his initial degree, combining the work of research with that of teaching, and in 1912 he submitted to the University a thesis embodying the results of his study of the work of certain Welsh poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and was awarded the degree of M.A. He had, before entering Aberystwyth College, attended a class specially formed for intending school teachers and this, with the course of study which he subsequently pursued, had provided a training that many of his contemporaries had not received. It was in teaching that he was actually engaged for some years after leaving the University, mainly at a variety of schools, but for a brief period also as Assistant Lecturer in Celtic at the University College, Cardiff. Circumstances, however, intervened and however valuable the services he might have rendered as a teacher, whether in school or college, it was in another sphere that he was destined to serve and to earn distinction by his work. In 1917 he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery and a year later, on