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Snowdonia and Abraham Lincoln

Posted on 19th January, 2017

A short drive away, is the village of Ysbyty Ifan (meaning Hospital of St John). The village now has fewer than 200 inhabitants, but it has a history to rival many large towns. Although a village existed before that date, it is named after the Knights of St John, who in the 12th century established a hospital and hostel to care for pilgrims. Later the notorious Red Bandits of Mawdday, took advantage the Knights' priviledge of sanctuary to hide in the hospital.

The hospital was abolished during the dissolution of the Monasteries, but the village continued to play a part in history. Abraham Lincoln's great grandmother, Elen Morris, lived on a farm close to the village before emigrating to America in the 17th century.

I could go on. If you would like to know about Ysbyty Ifan's connection with the struggle for Welsh Independence or the battle of Bosworth and Richard III, just ask me after breakfast!

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