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‘grove of young cattle’, llwyn, dyniawed var. dinawed

During the Napoleonic Wars, Llwyndinawed was one of several farms on the Cawdor Estate that supplied timber for the British Navy. Suitable oak trees, identified with a paint mark, were auctioned at the Bear Inn, Llandeilo, in April 1812. The auction notice emphasised that most of the timber was suitable for shipbuilding and was located within a short distance of the River Tywi.1

Llwyndinawed, with its 39 acres, still belonged to the Cawdor Estate during the tithe apportionment of 1843, when the tenant was John Edwards.

The poet, William Jones (1863-1946), better known as Gwilym Myrddin, was born at Llwyndinawed. His schooling was limited due to his father’s early death, when the responsibility of running the farm fell upon his shoulders. In later life, he went to live in the Ammanford area and became a successful poet, winning the crown at the National Eisteddfod in 1930. His collected poems, Cerddi Gwilym Myrddin, were published posthumously in 1948.2 He acknowledged that his home and the Sunday School that he attended in Cwm Rhaeadr were the two main influences in his early life.3 One of his verses, in translation below, illustrates his hiraeth for the countryside around his old home:


Only the whisper of a dreaming brook,

Only the slumber of a hillside flock;

Only the quiver of the sedges

Kissed by a gentle breeze.

Where nature lies a-dreaming

I have no cares to spoil my dreams.



A later occupier of Llwyndinawed, David Dicks, was a successful farmer. In the second Cil-y-cwm Show, in 1908, he won the competition for the best ram in the parish.4 In the 1970s, the farm became The Mallaen Pony Trekking Centre.5



Enwau caeau diddorol / Interesting field-names

Pant y gof Pant y gof ‘blacksmith’s hollow’, pant, y, gof Three adjoining fields, possibly a single field at one time, share this name. The identity of the blacksmith and the location of his forge are not known.
Cae pwll Cae pwll ‘pool field’, cae, pwll The location of this field suggests that the pool may have been belonged to the forge.
Cae Rhoch ?Cae’r hwch ‘?sow’s field’, cae, yr, hwch Alternatively, rhoch could be interpreted as being the grunt of a pig.

Field-names from JCBM.


Ffynonellau / Sources

  1. Cambrian, 28th March 1812.
  2. Welsh Biography online. http://wbo.llgc.org.uk/en/s2-JONE-WIL-1863.html [Accessed: 20th June 2013].
  3. Jones, W.J. 1948. ‘Nodiad Personol’. Cerddi Gwilym Myrddin.
  4. Cambrian, 4th September 1908.
  5. Rayner, J. 1974. The Horseman’s Companion: A Guide to Riding and Horses (p. 162).

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