Lady Greenly

Lady Greenly (Llwyd Lâs, 1771-1839) was Lady Llanover’s god-mother. She wrote an essay entitled The Advantages resulting from the Preservation of the Welsh Language and Costumes of Wales, for the  Gwent and Dyfed Eisteddfod, 1834.

In the early 1920s, John Richard Jones transcribed the essay and he noted that it was the property of S.B. Gruffydd-Richards, Ty’r Eglwys, Llanover.

The transcription took up less than 2 foolscap pages. Most of it is about the Welsh language, with only about 1/7 of the essay is on costume which is not described.

‘Nationality is the safeguard of a Nation! The Scotsman loves his tartan – and his bosom warms at the sight of the plaid of his clan. Wales has her manufacturers – the loom is plied among her mountains, and the lover of this country views with pleasure the simple and not inelegant garb worn on his native hills. For the sake of those manufacturers, whose labours waste not the form, nor blanch the cheek of those who pursue them – For the honest love of our country, let the Welsh Costume be encouraged by the sons and daughters of the higher classes. Let me repeat – Nationality is the safeguard of a nation! and in the hour of danger, He will be found the best and most loyal subject, who has loved the soil, venerated the Tombs, and cherished a reverence for the language, and even for the garb of his forefathers!’

John Richard Jones collection, National Library of Wales, pp. 112-113

Letter from Lady Greenly to Mrs Hastings, 31.8.1834
Dear Mrs Waddington [Lady Llanover’s mother] with her accustomed kindness told me I ought to have had the Ring [the prize for the essay] for I had no one to assist me in writing the essay, which was the spontaneous production of the moment. To this, however, I could not agree. Mrs Hall took great pains and had opportunities of research which I had not, and deserves a reward for her diligence.
NLW Maxwell Fraser bequest, CB5, includes a typed transcript of Lady Greenly’s diary and letters, 1805-1837, p. 42

Two other essays were written for the Competition: Lady Llanover’s and John Blackwell’s.