This is a grave that either contains mysteries – or contains nothing at all.
It is simple and unassuming, close to the wall of the parish church in Caio in Carmarthenshire. It is the grave of John Harries who, together with his son Henry, became known as the dyn hysbys (cunning men) of Cwrtycadno . They achieved considerable fame and notoriety in the early nineteenth century. And whilst the gifts were allegedly shared by many in the family, John (1785 – 1839) and Henry (1821-1849), were the most notable exponents of the dark arts.
This is one of the stories in my book, Grave Tales of Wales, published by Cambria in the summer of 2021. The book explores the stories represented by thirty gravestones from across the whole of Wales, from Anglesey to Cardiff, from Llangrannog to Newport.
Volume Two (April 2022) follows the same pattern, except it contains thirty five graves and memorials.
The stories are about the surprising lives of the people who still lie beneath those stones, who still lie beneath your feet, and who still have something to say.
There are stories of anguish and sorrow, stories of courage and achievement and these tales from the past that can still speak to us today. There are great events here – the Titanic, the sinking of The Royal Charter, the execution of a King, the exploration of the Antarctic – but there are also terrible murders and tragic deaths. Through these graves you can explore fascinating and sometimes unexpected stories from Welsh History
The book is a paperback, is 188 pages long and is illustrated throughout with full colour photographs.
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If you would like an example of what the book contains, then follow the link below to hear me narrating the section from the book about the Robber’s Grave in Montgomery, Powys
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