Category Archives: Wales

The will of Elen ferch Lewes (d. 1619)

Today’s offering, courtesy of the National Library of Wales’s rather amazing Welsh Wills Online project, is the 1619 will of Elen ferch Lewes of Meline, Pembrokeshire. Elen was not very wealthy (the total value of her probate inventory, included with … Continue reading

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Magdalen Lloyd (late 17th century): on money, family, and gift horses

For Women’s History Month 2017: Who was Magdalen Lloyd? A good question. All I know of her is from 26 letters she wrote during the 1670s and 1680s, from various addresses in Denbighshire and London, to her “cousin” Thomas Edwards, … Continue reading

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‘I fear ye man is lost’

A sad traveller’s tale from early 18th-century Denbigh, occasioned by this tweet: Ouch! #histmed #earlymodern accidents while travelling or working! https://t.co/kAqjNGC3fi — Lisa Smith (@historybeagle) September 19, 2016 In September 1726 the Denbigh coroner Thomas Lloyd, held an inquest and … Continue reading

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‘she was soe stuborn that she would give me noe answer’

The many headed monster is running an online symposium on the Voices of the People (and see #voxpop2015 on Twitter) which is well worth your attention, and Anna Jenkin posted a number of responses on Twitter, musing on how the … Continue reading

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Repost: Brrrr

[originally posted New Year’s Day 2005] Back on the beach this afternoon. It was colder than at midnight on New Year’s Eve. And it has been a little windy…              

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Repost: Learning Welsh in the sixteenth century

Originally posted here (June 2004). I got round to reading some of William Salesbury’s A briefe and a playne introduction, teaching how to pronounce the letters in the British tong… today. Rather different to Welsh pronunciation guides (this one has … Continue reading

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Repost: Wallography

Originally posted here, January 2005. In 1682, a satirical little book about the Welsh was published: Wallography, or the Britton described, by “WR”, an English clergyman named William Richards.* It purported to describe, first, a journey from London to the … Continue reading

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Lost in translation

This story is going around, but I’ll repeat it just for the fun of it: The Welsh actually means: “I am not in the office at the moment. Please send any work to be translated”. Oops.

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