Promoting an interest in the history of Owain Glyndwr, the Welsh Son of Prophecy, his life, times and society and his great Welsh War of Independence;also promoting causes today in Glyndwr's spirit and promoting the flying of the Glyndwr flag on Sept 16 Glyndwr Day.

Thursday, August 03, 2006


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Pobl Glyndŵr will be aware of Hopcyn ap Tomos in Hanes Glyndŵr; how aware of his significance in general to the history of Welsh Literature is another matter. We doubt if very many people are aware of the fact that there exists a memorial to Hopcyn ap Tomos in Ynystawe Park but there is one and it’s well worth a visit to see this memorial and the park itself. The Eisteddfod is in Abertawe next week and the park is not too distant from ‘Y Maes’ so why not make a visit and have your photo taken by the memorial with, of course, a Baner Glyndŵr. Other than that, should you want a break from ‘Y Maes’ - especially if you have children, do note that Ynystawe park is very large and has a children's play area, two football pitches, tennis/basketball courts and lots of grassy areas (which seem ideal for picnics in the summer!). Ynystawe is not difficult to get to but the turning off to the park can be easily missed so make sure you suss out on a map before you head off. If the weather is good, why not make an evening outing to the park. If any Pobl Glyndŵr are keen on organizing an evening “picnic’’ gathering at the park by the Hopcyn ap Tomas memorial one evening, let me know and I will see what can be organized towards the end of Eisteddfod week, During Eisteddfod week you will find me at the ‘Cymuned’ Stondin. For more detailed information on Hopcyn ap Tomos visit web site noted below:

City and County of Swansea - News
The unveiling of a memorial to Hopcyn ap Tomos, a skilled fortune teller and great bard who lived in Ynystawe, will take place tomorrow.www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=8149 - 36k - Cached -
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Hopcyn ap Tomos
A memorial to Hopcyn ap Tomas stands in Ynystawe Park, Swansea. He was a man of letters and mastermind of the Red Book of Hergest.www.webspawner.com/users/hopcyn/index.html - 14k - Supplemental Result - Cached - Similar pages

Llyfr Coch Hergest
There are several odes to Hopcyn in the Llyfr Coch undoubtedly included because of his patronage. Hopcyn ap Tomos' son Tomos inherited the estate in 1408 ...www.celtnet.org.uk/ancient_books/llyfr_coch.html - 30k - Cached -
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Pobl Glyndŵr, Ardal Abertawe please note: I have an ANTUR HERGEST creative endeavour on the shelf I hope to develop, If interested please contact myself, Siân at the Embassy and I will send you further details. To conclude, some comments on Hopcyn ap Tomas by our former information attaché G.Gruffydd. I have lifted these remarks on Hopcyn ap Tomas from an article by Gethin on the subject of prophecy:

Hopcyn ap Tomos and Owain Glyndŵr.
Historians, and other authors, often refer to Hopcyn as using the ‘’Black Baner’’ prophecy to warn Glyndŵr from heading towards Abertawe as if Hopcyn had his own ulterior motive to avoid Glyndwr and was thus not supportive of the War of Liberation. The truth of course is that Hopcyn, pre 1400, was one of the main agitators via the use of the prophecy to prompt an uprising and once the war had started, was a stalwart back of ‘Achos Glyndŵr’. There is some suggestion that Hopcyn, despite being very old, was, possibly, fighting with the Welsh Army at the Battle of Pwll Melyn. Certainly, Hopcyn disappears from history at about the time of this battle in the spring of 1405. I have also come across an intriguing ref to an Hopcyn ap Tomos in Gwent Genealogies dated at this time, so I earnestly suggest you get to know a lot more about this great ‘Arwr Glyndŵr’. Further, Glyndŵr was not heading towards Abertawe after the ‘Haf Glyndŵr 1403’ offensive as he had to return to the north east where his followers were on the defensive after the defeat of his English allies at the Battle of Shrewsbury. It was General Rhys Gethin who headed east to receive the surrender of Cestyll Abertawe and Nedd and then moved on to win the great victory at the Battle of Stalling Down, near Bontfaen before leading the victorious Cymru in routeing the English all the way back to Cardiff castle.


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