Ffion Mair Jones is a member of the ‘Curious Travellers: Thomas Pennant and Tours in Wales and Scotland (1760–1820)’ project, where she is involved in locating and transcribing Pennant's extensive and remarkable correspondence. She has a particular interest in Pennant's Welsh correspondence and in his correspondence with the print-collector Richard Bull. Bull and Pennant's letters discuss their mutual efforts at extra-illustrating several of Pennant's publications with prints and watercolours made by the latter's resident artist Moses Griffith. The fruit of this research will appear on the project's website, curioustravellers.ac.uk.
Ffion has also worked on the ‘Iolo Morganwg and the Romantic Tradition in Wales, 1740–1918’, where she co-edited the three-volume Correspondence of Iolo Morganwg, and wrote a monograph on Iolo's marginal notes in books and on his correspondence, ‘The Bard is a Very Singular Character’: Iolo Morganwg, Marginalia and Print Culture.
More recently, she worked on the ‘Wales and the French Revolution’ project, publishing a volume of ballads produced between the early years of the Revolution and the end of the Napoleonic wars, Welsh Ballads of the French Revolution 1793-1815, several articles on Welsh ballads and an edition of an interlude by Huw Jones, Glan Conwy, recounting the history of the Revolution from a Welsh perspective.
Her interests span Welsh correspondence of the eighteenth century and the popular genres of the ballad and interlude in Wales. In the context of the latter two genres, her focus has been on historical material relating to the British Civil Wars of the seventeenth century and the American and French Revolutions, and on chronicle renditions of stories such as that of King Lear. Alongside this, she has an interest in questions of literacy in the eighteenth century as evidenced in Welsh ballads.
A SELECTION OF PUBLICATIONS
Y Brenin Llŷr a Baledi’r Rhyfelwraig (Bangor, 2016)
'Iolo Morganwg a Llythyr y 'Colegwyr', Llên Cymru, 37 (2015), 35–44
Y Chwyldro Ffrengig a’r Anterliwt: Hanes Bywyd a Marwolaeth Brenin a Brenhines Ffrainc gan Huw Jones, Glanconwy (Caerdydd, 2014)
‘Y faled ym Meirionnydd yn y ddeunawfed ganrif’, Journal of the Merioneth Historical and Record Society, XVIII, part I (2014), 26–49
‘Welsh Balladry and Literacy’, in David Atkinson and Steve Roud (eds.), Street Ballads in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and North America: The Interface between Print and Oral Traditions (Farnham, 2014), pp. 105–26
‘“Brave Republicans”: representing the Revolution in a Welsh interlude’, in Mary-Ann Constantine and Dafydd Johnston (eds.), ‘Footsteps of Liberty and Revolt’: Essays on Wales and the French Revolution (Cardiff, 2013), pp. 191–211
‘“English Men Went Head to Head with their own Brethren”: The Welsh Ballad-Singers and the War of American Independence’, in John Kirk, Michael Brown and Andrew Noble (eds.), Cultures of Radicalism in Britain and Ireland: Number 3 (London, 2013), pp. 25–47
‘“The silly expressions of French revolution…”: the experience of the Dissenting community in south-west Wales, 1797’, in David Andress (ed.), Experiencing the French Revolution (Oxford, 2013), pp. 245–62
‘“To know him is to esteem him”: Ifor Ceri (1776–1829)’, Montgomeryshire Collections, 99 (2011), 53–82.
‘“A'r Ffeiffs a'r Drums yn Roario”: Y Baledwyr Cymraeg, Y Milisia a’r Gwirfoddolwyr’, Canu Gwerin, 34 (2011), 18–42
‘Huw Morys and the Civil Wars’, Studia Celtica, XLIV (2010), 165–99
‘The Bard is a Very Singular Character’: Iolo Morganwg, Marginalia and Print Culture (Cardiff, 2010)
editor, Huw Morys, Y Rhyfel Cartrefol (Bangor, 2008)
‘[M]ae r Stori yn wir iw gweled / yn nghronicle y Brutanied’: Dramateiddiadau Cymraeg o’r ffug-hanes Brytanaidd (Aberystwyth, 2008)
Geraint H. Jenkins, Ffion Mair Jones and David Ceri Jones (eds.), The Correspondence of Iolo Morganwg (3 vols., Cardiff, 2007)