My friend Gwynn Williams, who has died aged 93, was head of Welsh history at Bangor University for many years and also served there as its vice-principal before writing the university’s history.

Gwynn was a Bangor man through and through, even though he was born the only son of John Elis Williams, a Wesleyan Methodist minister, and his wife, Maude (nee Rowlands), in Llanfechain in rural Powys. He inherited from his father a gift for lucid diction and lively public speaking, traits that he deployed throughout his career.

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