Yr Ysgwrn Farmhouse

Hedd Wyn – a True Welsh Talent

Yr Ysgwrn is a traditional Welsh farmhouse and Grade II* listed building, dating from the 1830s, which came to international recognition in 1917, as the home of the poet Ellis Humphrey Evans, better known by his bardic name, Hedd Wyn (‘Blessed Peace’). Hedd Wyn was killed at the Battle of Pilkem Ridge on 31st July, […]

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Jock V at Chartwell

The Purr Behind the Throne

The reign of Charles I was dominated by religious and political conflict including the English Civil War, but legend has it that the all powerful King was convinced one thing could protect him – his black cat! This royal feline was much more than just a favourite pet. The monarch thought the cat brought him […]

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President Lincoln and North Wales

The Oscar winning film starring Daniel Day Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln made the news in the 2013 Oscars with its star taking best actor Oscar, but did you know that President Lincoln has ancestry in North Wales? In the tiny village of Ysbyty Ifan located in the stunningly beautiful Snowdonia National Park, lies a […]

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From Weaving to Computers

Who would have thought that cloth weaving and the invention of the first computer would be linked but read on and you’ll find out how. If you’ve ever bought quality curtains/drapes for your home or bedding then you may know the name Jacquard.  Monsieur Joseph Marie Jacquard was French as you’ve probably guessed and he came […]

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Telford Thomas ICE

Thomas Telford – Colossus of Roads

If ever there was a boy made good in the world who did great things for North Wales, the Scottish designer and engineering genius Thomas Telford has to rate amongst the finest. Born into poverty to a lowly Shepherd John and his wife Janet in August 1757 in the tiny hamlet of Glendinning, Westerkirk in […]

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Owain Glyndwr

Our Sleeping Hero

Everyone has heard of Braveheart thanks to a certain film by Mel Gibson portraying the Scottish hero William Wallace, but few outside of Wales (unless you have studied Henry IV part one by William Shakespeare) have heard of our hero Owain Glyndŵr.  It’s therefore one of our tasks as Tourist Guides for Wales and in […]

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Thomas Jefferson Plaque at the National Slate Museum, Llanberis

President Thomas Jefferson

Did you know that, in addition to there being some 16 signatories of Welsh origin of the 56 delegates who signed the American Declaration of Independence, the Principal Author was one Thomas Jefferson, who went on to become the 3rd President of the United States of America.  It is said that Jefferson’s ancestry comes from […]

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Execution of Charles I 1649

Colonel John Jones Maesygarnedd

Colonel John Jones (c. 1597-October 17, 1660), was a Welsh military leader, politician and one of the regicides of King Charles I. A brother-in-law of Oliver Cromwell, Jones was born at Llanbedr in North Wales and is often surnamed Jones Maesygarnedd after the location of his Merionethshire estate. Jones spoke Welsh with his family. He […]

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