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A Pocket Guide: Discovering Welsh Graves (Pocket Guide) by Alun Roberts

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By Alun Roberts

This new and weird Pocket advisor refers to greater than three hundred Welsh graves of the recognized and never so well-known. they're grouped in handy geographical components utilizing the present neighborhood executive obstacles and there's counsel on how to define the graves themselves. The booklet isn't really quite a bit concerning the graves themselves (although the place they're rather outstanding there are images and outlines) yet concerning the humans buried in them. It therefore offers potted biographies of the members concerned and gives a few interesting juxtapositions. So we discover the relatively good Cynan and Sir John Edward Lloyd buried with reference to the heavily eccentric John Evans (Bardd Cocos) at Menai Bridge, Joe Erskine with reference to Arwel Hughes at Thornhill, whereas Trealaw will be worthy vacationing to determine the graves of Viscount Tonypandy, Tommy Farr, Lewis Jones and Kitchener Davies in addition to that of Williams Evans, proprietor of the Corona pop manufacturing unit.

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Some Welsh people never returned and lie, largely forgotten, in some desolate Indian graveyard. One such was the Reverend Thomas Jones (1810–49), the Montgomeryshire man who took Welsh Calvinistic Methodism to the people of the Khasi Hills, in northeast India, and who is still revered in that part of the world. He now lies in the Scottish cemetery, Calcutta, ‘overshadowed by palms and circled by vultures and huge black kites’, in the words of Nigel Jenkins (Gwalia in Khasia, 1995). Outside, by the east wall of the church, lies George Ernest John Powell (1842–82), the bohemian squire of Nanteos who was a friend of the poet Algernon Swinburne, with whom he would roister in the streets of Aberystwyth.

An influential advocate of political devolution for Wales, he is said to have persuaded Harold Wilson not to appoint George Thomas as Secretary of State for Wales in 1974 because of the harm it would do to the cause. James’s brother David Rees Griffiths (1882–1953), the poet Amanwy, is also buried in the cemetery, as is the poet and teacher Watkin Hezekiah Williams (1844–1905), better known as Watcyn Wyn. Translator of the hymns of Sankey and Moody, he was a celebrated hymn-writer in his own right, including the still popular ‘Rwy’n gweld o bell y dydd yn dod’ (I see from afar the day approaching).

Through his frequent journeys into England as a drover (he was well known as far afield as Barnet and Maidstone) he learned the English language and was best known as the translator into Welsh of the hymns of Isaac Watts. Jones is buried inside Crug-y-bar chapel where he worshipped for many years, and there is a marble memorial to him in the cemetery. DREFACH FELINDRE The ashes of Gwyn Alfred Williams (1925–95), one of the most versatile and best-loved historians of his time, are buried in the garden of his home, T} Dyffryn, in the small village of Drefach Felindre, not far from Newcastle Emlyn.

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