Yes, the concept of Mountain People appears alive and well in Ceredigion - round these
parts anyway... someone from Llanfair Clydogau was describing her family as belonging to
this group the other day, and I have heard the description used when appropriate - now and
again. Also remember seeing a photo of a shotgun -toting group of Cardi Plynlimmon farmers
who appeared in the celebrations to welcome the end of WW2 as an unseen branch of the home
guard who were also described as Mountain folk. I think it is an area adjective rather
than DNA... but on the other hand "incomers" wouldnt be described as being
Mountain however long they have been resident on a hill top ...
--- On Tue, 22/3/11, cardi2(a)aol.com <cardi2(a)aol.com> wrote:
From: cardi2(a)aol.com <cardi2(a)aol.com>
Subject: [Dyfed] Fwd: DYFED Digest, Vol 6, Issue 96
Date: Tuesday, 22 March, 2011, 23:40
I don't know if this has anything to do with DNA or not but
do the members of this group know that there was an area of
Cardiganshire populated by people of the mountains?
They called them the Mountain People of Cardiganshire.
i have a friend here in Los Angeles and when I said to him,
"you are Mountain", he knew instantly what I meant.
However, I spoke to someone on this list a few months ago
and said my family were Mountain People of Caridganshire and
she had no idea what I was talking about (and she was born
in Cardiganshire!) I don't know if they still
exist as their way of life has changed. They were
strong people, had to be to survive up in those
mountains. They couldn't raise much food and only
sheep could be raised because the land was so rocky.
When you look at a census and it says "so many acres of land
and sheepwalk" you are in the mountain areas. These
were Welsh-speaking, God-fearing people, where honor was
most important. You never lied, you never ch!
eated. Although my father never lived in that area
of Wales, the above was drummed into me as a child. My
family left Llanddewi Brefi in 1875 for another farm near
Newcastle Emlyn. My grandfather went to South Wales in
the 1880's but he had to learn to speak English because his
parents only spoke Welsh. As a small child, my father
taught me to speak Welsh. Only when I went to school
and the fact that my mother was very unhappy with me
speaking anything else but English, did my father
stop. I wish he hadn't. It took me many years
and a trip to Wales to realize that I had that language as a
small child. As for DNA, my mother was Welsh, English,
Scottish and Irish as well as European - I'm very doubtful
that my DNA would be Welsh. Annie
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:14:27 -0700
From: "Lynne Ingalls" <lynne.ingalls(a)comcast.net>
Subject: Re: [Dyfed] FW: puteindra
"Dyfed Mailing List" <dyfed(a)rootsweb.com>
I read an article about DNA of Welsh people living in the
mountains. I seem
to remember the article said the Welsh were more closely
to the Basque.
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