Edward Lhwyd

c.1660-1709, Naturalist, Antiquary, Philologist

Author(s) Brynley Roberts

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh and Celtic Studies, Science

Series: Scientists of Wales

  • July 2022 · 304 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Paperback - 9781786837820
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786837837
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786837844

About The Book

Lhwyd, the illegitimate son of a father ruined by the Civil War, had to make his own way in the world. A competent botanist before going up to Oxford as a student, he spent much time there at the Botanical Garden before being appointed to the newly established Ashmolean Museum, where he became its second Keeper. This biography traces the development of his research interests from botany to palaeontology – and then to antiquarian studies, which led to him studying the Celtic languages as a source of linguistic evidence in historical studies. Thus he became the founder of Celtic Studies. Lhwyd’s diverse research interests were underpinned by an evidence-led methodology – the collection (by personal observation where possible) of material, which would then be classified as a preliminary to drawing conclusions – and, as such, his is a valuable contribution to the history of science.


A note on dates and money
List of Illustrations
1 Lloyd of Llanforda
2 Life at Llanforda: father and son
3 Oxford
4 Apprenticeship years at the Ashmolean
5 Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum
6 Fossils and formed stones: Lithophylacii britannici ichnographia, 1699
7 Britannia, 1695
8 Archæologia Britannica: Wales
9 Archæologia Britannica: Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Brittany
10 The Glossography and after
11 Afterlife

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Brynley Roberts

Dr Brynley F. Roberts retired from his post as Librarian of the National Library of Wales in 1994. He was previously Professor of Welsh Language and Literature at Swansea University and had also been on the staff of the Welsh Department at Aberystwyth University. Since his retirement he has continued his researches in medieval Welsh historical literature and the life and work of Edward Lhwyd at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies where he is an honorary Research Fellow.

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