Description of the Medals for the Liverpool Eisteddfod 27.06.1840

Made by Wordley and Mayer, Liverpool

 The whole of the medals have wreaths of the laurel and the mistletoe berries, surrounding the field, on which are engraved the designs illustrating the ode or subject for which it is the prize.

 There are twenty-four silver medals, together with a gold medal, a gold harp, a silver harp, the Gordovig Royal Harp, and the Gwent Morganwg Harp, amongst which are the following prizes:

 For the ode on “Job’s afflictions, patience, and restoration,” the “Gordovig Royal Chair Medal,” and the second best a prize medal, value of £3.Design, two princes, one clad in armour with shield and spear; the other representing civil society, by his mural coronet and tunic.

 For the ode on the “Disastrous Hurricane; with which Liverpool and other parts of the United Kingdom were visited on the 6th and 7th of January, 1839.”Design, a ship in storm, with trees and hurricane on land.

 For the best “Historical account of the Welsh Institutions and the progress of the Welsh language in Liverpool and its vicinity.”Design, the Welsh Church on Brownlow hill, the first Welsh church erected in England, &c.

 For the best biographical account of the late Rev. Goronwy Gwen, the most eminent Welsh bard in his time; a medal, value £3, and a premium of £5.

 For the best “History of the Welsh Indians in America” a medal, value £3 and a premium of £5.

 For the best Welsh and English Essay on the “Character of the Welsh as a Nation in the present age,” a medal value £5 and for the second best, a medal value £2.

 For the best Welsh poetical composition on “The Resources of Liverpool, and its claim to the name of Modern Tyre.” Design, figure of the Genius of Liverpool, seated on the banks of the Mersey, with emblems of her commerce with Europe Asia, Africa, and America. In her hands she holds the banner of Liverpool, and in the distance are shipping on the river. There are two medals for these compositions, a silver, and a gold one.

 For the best poem on the: “Battle of Bosworth Field.” Design, a battle, with two warriors in cuirass and helmet on horseback, struggling for a standard.

 For the best stanza to the Goat: a large horn from the Silver-horned Goat, mounted in silver, with rings to hang it over the shoulder.

 For the best set of variations to the air called “Mock Nightingale.”Design, a Welsh triple harp, with musicbook notes, &c.

 For the best original air adapted to the style of singing in the Principality. Design, a bard singing, and accompanying himself on the harp.

 To the best performer on the triple harp: a silver harp. To the best female performer on the triple harp the “Mostyn Gold Harp.”

 To the best singer with the harp after the manner of North W ales. Design, a person singing with a harp.

 For the best Welsh poetical composition on “Youthful Reminiscences.” Designs A boy seated on the ledge of a rock absorbed in thought.

 For the best ode “To the Memory of the late John Owen of Liverpool, an eminent Welsh Bard.” A medal, value £3.

 For the best English essay “Showing the necessity and propriety of appointing Welshmen to the Bishoprics of Wales.” Design: A bishop, with mitre and crosier, in the act of giving his benediction to the people.

 For the best English essay, “Showing there is sufficient talent and piety in the native Clergy of the Principality to fill the Episcopal Bench.” Medal, value £5.

 For the best essay in Welsh, on “Civil and religious discord, the ruin of the Welsh nation.” A medal, value £33s.

 For the best six stanzas in Welsh, on “Elijah’s Ascension into Heaven.” Design: Elijah ascending to the clouds.

 For the best elegy “To the Memory of the late Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, of Wynnstay, Baronet, M.P. Lord-Lieutenant of the Counties of Denbigh and Merioneth.” Design A mural monument, with the genius of affliction leaning over an urn, on which is inscribed his name.

 Reverse of the medals are engraved the names of the victorious competitors, with the subjects and date.