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Sir (Harold) Idris Bell (1879–1967) by Walter Stoneman, 1955 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Bell, Sir (Harold) Idris (1879–1967), papyrologist and scholar of Welsh literature, was born on 2 October 1879 at Epworth, Lincolnshire, the son of Charles Christopher Bell (b. 1845), chemist, and his wife, Rachel Hughes (d. 1880). His father's family had been yeoman farmers in the north midlands and had marked literary leanings, his father not least; but the Welsh inheritance from his mother meant more to ...


Foster, Sir Idris Llewelyn (1911–1984), Welsh and Celtic scholar, was born on 23 July 1911 at Carneddi, Bethesda, Caernarvonshire, the elder child and elder son of Harold Llewelyn Foster, of Bethesda, and his wife, Anne Jane Roberts, both shopkeepers. He was educated at ...