Love — the Welsh Way

Folklore, Lifestyle

Is that love in the air? If you’re in Wales, and it’s January 25th, it most certainly is, because it’s St Dwynwen’s Day.  Here’s your complete guide to lovin’, the Welsh way. Who Was St Dwynwen? Dwynwen was a princess in the fourth century (so, late Roman Britain), the fifth of twenty-four daughters of the […]

January 15, 2018

Where the Welsh Blacks Came From


A common question from visitors to Wales is “What is Welsh Black Beef,” especially when the juicy, flavourful meat isn’t black at all, but a rich, tempting red.  They’re sometimes surprised by the answer that the black refers to the colour of the cow.  The Welsh Black is small, but highly regarded for its weight; […]

January 9, 2018

Madog, the Welsh Columbus


It should hardly be surprising of a man who has nineteen sons (and, presumably, a similar number of daughters, the insatiable old goat!), that most of them were illegitimate; although, since six of them were legitimate (and, presumably, a similar number of daughters), his wife was certainly no slouch. The problem was that Welsh custom, […]

December 28, 2017

Curse of the Sand Faeries


Henry de Beaumont, the French-speaking Norman 1st Earl of Warwick, was a horrid man: aggressive and arrogant. Hunting one day in the district of Three Cliffs Bay, his party espied a pretty Welsh girl singing in a clearing in the woods. Consumed with lust, he ordered his men to kidnap her, and drag her back […]

December 18, 2017

So Just Who Was St David Anyway?


For a nun, his mother seems to have put it about rather a lot!  St David’s father is variously said to have been Sant, prince of Ceredigion; or Sandde, prince of Powys; or King Arthur; depending which tradition you refer to, but they’re all agreed that his mother was Non.  He was born at Capel […]

December 7, 2017

Gelert, the Faithful Hound


When King John – he who battled Robin Hood – gave his daughter to be married to Llewelyn Fawr, he also presented his son-in-law with a puppy.  Gelert, the Welshman named it, and it grew into a strong, fierce defender and helpmeet of his master. When Llewelyn went hunting, Gelert bounded through the forest to […]

November 29, 2017