This Welsh historical periodical was established in 1946. Subtitled Cylchgrawn Hanes yr Eglwys Fethodistaidd yng Nghymru (The Journal of the Historical Society of the Methodist Church in Wales), its main aim has always been to record the history of Welsh-speaking Methodism and contributions have been mainly, though not exclusively, in Welsh. The title 'Bathafarn' is taken from the name of the home of Edward Jones. The first editor and most prolific contributor was the historian Albert Hughes Williams. The first 25 volumes were published annually from 1946 to 1970 when Williams retired as editor. Publication thereafter has been intermittent and the latest volume, 32, appeared in 2003. Although the majority of the articles have always been by Methodists, Bathafarn has included important contributions from distinguished non-Methodist historians.