Dafydd Jenkins (1911-2012)
This Blog is saddened to note the death of Dafydd Jenkins. A more formal obituary will be found here: http://anglosaxonnorseandceltic.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/dafydd-jenkins-19112012-scholar-of.html. As well as the wonderful and very typical photograph, it rightly describes him as "Scholar of Medieval Welsh Law (inter plurima)". A remarkable man, with a beautiful voice, he had a notably kind face, reflecting a notably kind disposition, and a smile in his eyes, as the photograph shows. Not all great scholars are lovely men, but Dafydd Jenkins was.
At the British Legal History Conference, his easy friendliness and warmth made all – especially young scholars – welcome. There he displayed a notable eagerness to discuss legal history, and a keenness to foster newcomers and introduce them to established members. He was not one to leave people standing alone on the sidelines out of shyness. He was very engaging, and, though by any standard a grand man, not at all "grand" in his behaviour.
He will be remembered with great fondness and affection by many.