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4. The Jennie Eirian Memorial Plaque

Jennie Eirian
Jennie Eirian Davies 1925-1982

Jennie Llandre as she was known in the village was a teacher, politician and magazine editor. She was born on 6th February 1925 in Waunyrhelfa Farm on the outskirts of the village. Her parents moved to Llandre in the heart of the village when she was 10 years old.

She was educated in the village primary school and later at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Carmarthen. During her two mile walk to catch the school bus, she could be seen book in one hand and on rainy days, umbrella in the other. She gained a scholarship to study at Aberystwyth University. After graduating she returned to 'Carmarthen Gram' but this time as a Welsh teacher.

She was chosen to contest the Carmarthen seat for Plaid Cymru in the 1955 General Election winning 7.78% of the vote. On the death of the sitting MP, Sir Rhys Hopkin Morris in 1957 she was again chosen to fight in the resulting by-election increasing Plaid's share of the vote to 11.5%. The work that she did, establishing Plaid as a legitimate political force in the county contributed to Gwynfor Evans' election as the first ever Plaid Cymru MP in 1966.

She was National President of Merched Y Wawr from 1978 to 1980 and became editor of Welsh periodical 'Y Faner' from 1979 until her untimely death in 1982.


Memorial Plaque
The Memorial Plaque

Llandre Farm

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