Fonds GB 0210 TALDIR - François Jaffrennou (Taldir) papers

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François Jaffrennou (Taldir) papers


  • 1771-1955 (Creation)

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0.076 cubic metres (2 large boxes, 2 small boxes).

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Biographical history

François Jaffrennou (Taldir, 1879-1956), Breton nationalist writer and editor, was born in Carnoët, Côtes du Nord, Brittany, on 15 March 1879 to Claude Jaffrennou and Anna Ropars.
He assumed the bardic name Taldir ab Hernin in 1899 on being accepted into the Gorsedd at the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff and went on to co-found the Goursez Vreizh (the Gorsedd of Brittany) in 1901. 'Bro Gozh ma Zadoù', his Breton translation of 'Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau', has come to be regarded as the Breton national anthem.
He worked for several Breton newspapers, then co-founded the periodical Ar Vro and the newspaper Ar Bobl at Carhaix, Finistère. These came to an end in 1914 at the outbreak of the First World War, during which Jaffrennou served in the French army. From 1926 he published the quarterly review An Oaled. He was the author of numerous books, mainly in Breton, including four volumes of poetry.
He was imprisoned from 1944 to 1946 on suspicion of collaboration during the Nazi Occupation, but was ultimately pardoned. His last days were spent in Le Mans and Bergerac. He died 23 March 1956 and was buried in Carhaix.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Taldir 1-22: Gildas Jaffrennou, son of François Jaffrennou; Deal; Donation; July 1966.
Taldir 23-24: Transferred from the Department of Pictures and Maps; May 1989.

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Scope and content

Papers of François Jaffrennou (Taldir), 1771-1955, including a five volume autobiographical work entitled 'Le Matricule 315', [1920s]-1946; press cuttings, 1899-1955; manuscript poetry and prose works, 1944-1953; papers and notes relating to the German Occupation and Taldir's subsequent incarceration, 1938-1955; family documents and papers, 1771-1925; copies of works by Loeiz ar Floc'h (Stourmer), 1910-1915, and Georges Floc'h (Yann Tanig), 1945-1951; and papers relating to the Pan-Celtic Congress of 1904 and other Pan-Celtic activities, 1904-1949.

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System of arrangement

Arranged as 24 files at NLW.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • Breton
  • English
  • French
  • Scottish Gaelic
  • Welsh

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French, Breton, English, Welsh, Gaelic.

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Books from Taldir's library are also at NLW. For other Taldir papers see Quimper, Archives départementales du Finistère, 44 J (Fonds Jaffrennou-Taldir).

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

January 2023.




The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Wikipedia WWW site, viewed 20 January 2023; Archives départementales du Finistère, Fonds Jaffrennou-Taldir catalogue.

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Description compiled by Rhys Jones.

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