Sir Roderick Evans delivers the 2015 Youard Lecture on Welsh Legal and Social History at the College of Law and Criminology

On Friday 27th November, Sir Roderick Evans, Pro-Chancellor of Swansea University, delivered the eight annual lecture of the Welsh Legal History Society at the College of Law and Criminology.

The lecture, which was concurrently hosted by the Hywel Dda Institute as its annual lecture, was entitled “The Duel – the Trial of Robert Morris”. The product of considerable original research, it gave a fascinating account of the career of Robert Morris, a barrister who practised on the South Wales Circuit and the son of a leading Swansea industrialist, who stood trial at the Old Bailey in 1782 on the capital charge of aiding and abetting murder due to his secondary involvement in a duel at Hyde Park. The large audience consisting of legal historians, representatives of the local community and students, were treated to an excellent lecture on a significant but little known chapter in Welsh Legal History. Adding to the prestige of the occasion was the presence of Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgïedd, who chaired the lecture. 

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From left to right, Lord Thomas, Sir Roderick Evans (middle) and Professor Gwyn Parry from the College of Law and Criminology