David Rowlands <drowlan1(a)bigpond.net.au> wrote:
Now if someone could just explain why a manifestly harbourless place
like Borth had so many sea captains ...
An interesting question, especially as the name Borth is a mutation of
'porth' which means 'port' or 'ferry' (as in Porthgain, PEM).
Perhaps it hasn't always been harbourless, and/or maybe it's a reference
to a ferry which plied across the Dyfi Estuary?
I quote from page 207 in the Red Guide to The Complete Wales (published
"The road northward from Borth leads to a ferry (pedestrians only) over
the Dovey [sic] which saves a long detour round by Machynlleth and
reduces the walking distance from Borth to Aberdovey [sic] to less than
Source: HAMMOND, Reginald J. W. (ed) (1966) "The Complete Wales - A Ward
Lock Red Guide", Ward Lock & Co. Ltd., London and Melbourne.
John Ball, Ystalyfera, South Wales, UK
Welsh Family History Archive: http://home.clara.net/wfha/wales/
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