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 cheated. 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 (prostitution)
To: <v.lowe(a)btinternet.com>, "Dyfed Mailing List"
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 aligned genetically
to the Basque.