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Meetings and Events

The Cambrians’ Summer Meetings are justly famous for their combination of intellectual rigour and bonhomie and have even been the subject of a memoir Out with the Cambrians! The week-long meeting in the summer has now been joined by an autumn weekend and, every other year, by an easter conference. The aim is to establish a comfortable base and explore the historic sites of all periods in the region under expert guidance, covering all parts of Wales and occasionally venturing into England, Ireland and Europe. The weekends tend to be more concentrated in scope, usually pursuing a single topic, while the Conferences provide the opportunity to discuss academic issues of the moment.

'Out with the Cambrians’ – a visit to Strata Florida in 1847

A Cambrian’s visit to Rouen in Northern France






Based at The Plough Rhosmaen, nr Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire.



Our annual Autumn weekend is a week later than usual, due to the availability of the hotel. It is being organised by Heather James. The Plough, Rhosmaen, is a popular and comfortable new hotel with good food just 2 miles east of Llandeilo on the A40 and hopefully we will be able to fill it for the weekend.

The theme will be ‘The Physicians of Myddfai’ explored in a wide-ranging way. We will look at the historical evidence for the court physicians of Rhys Gryg, son of the Lord Rhys, prince of Deheubarth in the 13th century. They were supposedly the sons of a union between the
Lady of the Lake and a local farmer traditionally located at Llyn y Fan in the Black Mountain. After suffering three accidental blows from her husband she returned with her cattle to the Lake but appeared at times to advise her sons, the eldest of whom Rhiwallon, and his sons Cadwgan, Gruffudd and Einion were physicians to Rhys Grug.

A succession of herbal physicians in the area traced their descent from them. One of a number of medicinal manuscripts survives in The Red Book of Hergest, subject of a lecture at our Llandrindod Meeting.
The Plough, Rhosmaen has promised to hold all of its 23 rooms for this Cambrians weekend through January and February. After that, understandably, they will have to release any unbooked rooms to general booking. So early booking is advised. Please ring 01558 823431 or email info@ploughrhosmaen.  There are some B&B’s and other hotels in Llandeilo itself.
The rates are £137 per day D, B&B for a double or twin room and £93 D, B&B for a single.
Dinners for non-residents will be at £18.50 per head. Please advise Heather of your booking.

Friday 28th September:
Registration 1- 2 pm (guests can arrive early in time for lunch).
2-4 pm Using our own cars, visit Dynevor Park and walk up to the castle for a talk by Dr Sian Rees.
Depending on time & weather we will have short presentation on The White Cattle of Dynevor,  either at Newton House or back at The Plough.
After dinner keynote lecture by Dr David Stephenson on ‘The Physicians and the Family of the Lord Rhys’

Saturday 29th September
9.30-11.30 talks by Dr Don Williams on the ‘Continuing medical tradition of the  Physicians’ remedies’; Prof David Thorne on the ‘Place-name evidence for the medieval Physicians in Deheubarth’;  V A Grant on ‘Liminal Lakes in South West Wales’
11.30 Coach to Myddfai for buffet lunch at the new community centre and view the ‘Physicians’ display and a short talk on the centre.

After lunch visit Myddfai Church for talk by Thomas Lloyd, Wales Herald, followed by a coach trip to Carreg Cennen Castle (talks by Dr Sian Rees & Heather James) and tea at the Farmhouse café.
8 pm Evening lecture by Morfydd Owen on ‘The Medical Books of the Physicians of Myddfai’.

Sunday 30th September
10 am: Coach to the National Botanic Garden, Llanarthne for a viewing of the Apothecaries shop, garden and informal talks with volunteers.
Lunch available at the Botanic Garden (own arrangements)
1.30 Coach returns to Rhosmaen (and can go via Carmarthen Station).


Reports of Previous Meetings
(These are all in Adobe Acrobat format and open in a new window)

Report of the CAA Summer Meeting 2017 - Ironbridge

Report on the CAA Autumn Meeting 2016 - The City and Cathedral of Exeter

Report on the CAA Summer Meeting 2016 - Vale of Clwyd

Report on the CAA Autumn Meeting 2015 - Cardiff and the Marquesses of Bute

Report on the CAA 162nd Summer Meeting 2015 - Lampeter

Report on CAA Meeting in Dumfries and Galloway Summer 2014

Meeting Report on CAA Easter Conference 11th-13th April 2014 in Llangollen

Llangollen Meeting Easter 2014 - An introduction to the Myddelton monuments in St Mary’s
Church, Chirk by Richard Haslam

Report on CAA Meeting in Brittany Summer 2013

Report on CAA Summer Meeting in Anglesey July 9th -14th 2012

Report on CAA Visit to Birmingham : Friday September 21st to Sunday September 23rd 2012

Report with images on the Spring Meeting in Llangollen 20-22 April 2012 by Dr Sian Rees

Report on the Autumn 2011 Meeting in Tenby 23rd - 25th September 2011

Report on the Summer Meeting in Gascony 25th June - 2nd July 2011

Report on the Summer Meeting Canterbury and East Kent 18 - 24th July 2010

Report on the Easter 2010 Conference

Report on the Autumn 2009 Meeting

Report on the 156th Annual Summer Meeting in the South Wales Valleys

Report on the 155th Annual Summer Meeting in the Conwy Valley

Report on the Easter Conference 2008 held at the Llety Parc Hotel in Aberystwyth on March 28th -30th

Report on the Autumn Meeting of the Cambrian Archaeological Association, Paris, September 23-26th 2007

The 154th Annual Summer Meeting of the Cambrian Archaeological Association, Carmarthen, August 12th - 18th 2007

Report on the Cambrian Archaeological Association Easter Conference April 8-9th 2006

Notes About the Status of Local History Societies in North Montgomeryshire