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Lady Llanofer - the Bee of Gwent


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Helen Forder

March 2009

Old Maps

Map of Wales

Map of Llanover

Llanerchymedd. The Britannia Inn, Llanerchymedd was the home of John Jones 'Telynor Môn' and his sons Telynor Seiriol (Owen), Telynor Cymreig (Robert) and Telynor Gwalia (William).
Caerwys. An Eisteddfod was held in Caerwys by Royal Proclamation in 1568.  Another was held in 1798, and another in 1886.
Caernarfon. Richard Roberts of Caernarfon was the teacher of John Jones (1800 - 1844), Llanofer harper.
Llanrwst. The birthplace of John Richard (1711 - 1789), harp maker.
Llanllyfni. On the gravestone of John Jones (the Llanofer harper), is mentioned 'Robert Parry of Llanllyfni in Arfon, who learnt his craft from the old harpers of Wales'.
Dolgellau. Where John Jones, the Llanofer harper, was born, in a gypsy’s tent.
Aberystwyth. Home of the National Library of Wales and birthplace of David (Dafydd) Williams, under-agent to Lady Llanofer c.1882 - 1889.
Lady Greenly of Titley Court, Herefordshire, was a close friend of Mrs. Waddington, Lady Llanofer's mother.

[Positioning of Towns is approximate]

Dolaucothi. Home of Betha Johnes, friend of Lady Llanofer, and scene of a gruesome murder.
Thomas Gruffydd's daughter, Susanna, was an accomplished harper and won the chief prize at the Llandovery Eisteddfod of 1872, at the age of 18.
Brecon. At the Brecon Eisteddfod of 1826 Augusta Hall (later Lady Llanofer) met (Carnhuanawc), the Rev. Thomas Price, their friendship lasting to the end of his life.
Llanfaes. David Watkins of Llanfaes, harper, taught Carnhuanawc to play.
Cwmdu. The Rev. Thomas Price (Carnhuanawc) was vicar of Cwmdu for 27 years.
Aberpergwm. Maria Jane Williams of Aberpergwm, supported and encouraged by Lady Llanofer, collected and published 'Ancient National Airs of Gwent and Morganwg' in 1844.
Abergavenny. Scene of much activity and entertainment in the days of the Cymreigyddion eisteddfodau, held between 1834 - 1853.
Llanofer. Birthplace of Augusta Waddington, who later became Lady Llanofer.
Abercarn. In 1808 the Abercarn estate was given by Richard Crawshay to his son-in-law Benjamin Hall II, father of Lord Llanofer.
Cardiff. Augusta Hall (later Lady Llanofer) won the prize for the best essay on the language and costumes of Wales at the Cardiff eisteddfod of 1834.



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