Graduate of UCC and former teacher, critter of the Beacons and denizen of darkest Caerdydd. I am a 49 year old Welsh ex-pat currently residing in Portland Oregon. My hobbies include but are not limited to:- Standing at a window gazing vaguely into space. Sitting self-absorbed for hours on a crumbling armchair, Wales, Linux, Welsh History, Literature, Politics, Philosophy etc. My Google+ Profile
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Bore da Ceri, thank you for the warm welcome. Your site looks great what I've seen so far, and I shall have a look around and explore further in a second. I'm an artist here in West Wales, so being from Diff you may well recognise some of my work. I'll see if I can upload a few paintings perhaps, if that's possible. Here's hoping the weather in Oregon is ..dryer.. than Wales today, Chris
I'm currently doing some research of the tale of Blackhawk on the Shawnee Legends of Yellow Hair and the connection to Madoc Ap Meurig who supposedly came to America before Columbus.
There are two dates this allegedly occurred AD 1170, and the much earlier AD 560 put forth by Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett.
I have visited both sites the Shawnee reported as the last battle and massacre of the Yellowhair, which was Corn Island at the Falls of the Ohio near Louisville, Kentucky, and Fourteen Mile, the former site of a stone castle stronghold built in the Welsh style.
In 1788 while on an expedition against the Crown, George Rogers Clark
the brother of William Clark found the remains of more than one hundred red haired and blonde Europeans whose remains had been found on Corn Island at the Falls of the Ohio. He questioned Blackhawk on this, who had said a great battle had occurred more than four hundred years earlier.
The natives (gathered from as far away as Georgia more than 800km) had attacked Fourteen Mile, a Castle, and when the white-skinned defenders could no longer hold the fortification, they took to their boats and fled down the Ohio, ending up just beneath the Falls of the Ohio, where they made a final stand.
The bodies were shipped to Philadelphia, then to the Smithsonian in Washington (after it was built), but were destroyed by fire under mysterious circumstances some time right around the war of 1812.
Of the castle constructed in the Welsh style, originally located at Fourteen Mile, the blocks were removed in the 1830's and used to construct the first railroad bridge across the Ohio to Louisville Kentucky. The bridge was cancelled in 1837 due to a financial crisis. No one knows what became of the stone, though some of it may have been used to build the railroad bridge in 1865 which is still in use today...
I have also been to Fourteen Mile, however have not been able to hike up to the actual former castle site. It was only recently opened by the Indiana Parks Service after having been on Federal Property (A former military base that made chemical weapons) since the 1940's.
Anyway, I'm looking for any additional information I can find on Madog Ap Meurig (The one from 560 AD, not the one from 1170... I do believe their were indeed two princes) and more specific detail on Welsh nobility from 500-700 AD time period would be very helpful for my research here.
My dad is from Barry and moved to the US in the 60s. We've been back several times and I'm trying to learn more about that side of our family. I also am looking forward to travelling far more extensively throughout Wales.
Thank you so much for the welcome! I am excited to become a part of this group. Apparently my father has been for quite some time and has been holding out on the rest of us!
As my profile says, I am the Team Athletic Trainer (Physio) for Wales. This summer the team is coming to Denver for the FIL World Championships of Lacrosse (comparable to the world cup in soccer). Wales Sport is not sponsoring the team so we are having to raise funds for everything (travel, kit, housing/food, medical supplies, etc). Is there a way I can send this out to the group? Should I use the blog? Please check out the team website if you wish. www.waleslacrosse.com
Thank you and I'm excited to become a member anyways. Gramps (as we called him) did not push the Welsh heritage on us as kids and we are all trying to get more connected to our heritage!
thanks for the welcome - originally from Pwllheli and 100% Gog. I'm currently trying to communicate with more Welshies. There's not many in Atlanta it seems. There used to be a Welsh society but it seems to have petered out.
Hi Ceri I have submitted a poem to the local library for holocaust day next Monday (25/1/14)will you do me a favour if you have a chance and have a quick look at it as I would value an honest opinion.The Vicar at St.Davids church in Merthyr wants to read it as part of a candle lit service and I feel quite honoured to be honest with you.