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From: Arlene Berta <>
Subject: Re: Hugh Gibbons
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2000 10:53:35 -0700
Thank you so much for the website.
"Janice B. Edwards" wrote:
> Arlene -
> If you go to the WAGS Welsh Links web pages, there is a web site there
> for Pentraeth. It's a pretty place - my cousin lives there.
> http://www.rootsweb.com/~vtwags/WelshLinks.html - scroll down the list
> and you'll find it.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Arlene Berta <>
> To: <>
> Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2000 3:15 PM
> Subject: Hugh Gibbons
> >Can you get me off list, I would love to know what Pentreath is like, as
> >my Williams family originated there. I'm coming over in November and want
> >to travel to Pentreath.
> >Arlene Berta
> >Hugh Gibbon wrote:
> >> Dear All,
> >> Might I put in a word ?
> >> As far as possible, though occasionally I do make a mistake, I try to
> >> write only on those topics on which I have some knowledge. You will
> >> know I never write about genealogy, I know nothing about it and am
> >> grateful to all those who have helped me over the past 9 months.
> >> As far as I am aware I have not written any downright untruths, what
> >> might at first sight seem a brazen lie should, on closer study be seen
> >> to be a mere questioning of assumptions.
> >> I am sorry that some people find it objectionable - what did Julie
> >> call it, a diatribe ? Perhaps if I post my claim to knowledge things
> >> might fall into perspective.
> >> I have either walked or bicycled over every road, lane and track in
> >> Anglesey north of the A5, some, hundreds of times. I learned to drive
> >> on Anglesey roads, swim from its beaches, fish from its rocks, fall
> >> off its cliffs, row through its dangerous tide races. I have walked
> >> the cliff edge from Amlwch to Llanbadrig dozens of times, and several
> >> times from Amlwch to Llaneilian, and twice from Llaneilian to Dulas,
> >> the last one with my bike on my shoulder which came in handy when the
> >> 'guard' at Dulas saw me off with a shotgun. I went to school in
> >> Anglesey, have met countless 'Ayrshires' on narrow country roads, went
> >> to both English and Welsh chapels in Anglesey, have three close
> >> relatives still living on Anglesey, and can trace my family back to
> >> 1741 on Anglesey (he was a clog-maker).
> >> I admit my best knowledge is only the period 1940 to 1990, but I think
> >> I do know a wee bit about the place. I also admit that Len Jones was
> >> not his real name; when not milking his herd he would be arguing
> >> Neissen and Kant with University dons.
> >> Might I suggest that if my posts annoy, go into Tools, Inbox
> >> Assistant and get it to automatically send all posts from me to the
> >> delete folder; if you think there might be a germ of value in it then
> >> you do have to struggle through the drivel with which I adorn my
> >> feeble entries. Is that so dreadful ?
> >> Phil ? Are you there ? You any relation of the Bulkeley Arms Hotel
> >> in Beaumaris ? My nephew was chef there about 20 years ago.
> >> Thank you all for listening
> >> Hugh
> >> As regards my claims to know about Anglesey:-
> >> 1. I have either walked or bicycled over every road, lane and track
> >> in Anglesey north of the A5.
> >> Some I have travelled on hundreds of times over the period 1940
> >> to 1998.
> >> 2. I have done the coast walk (that is along the cliff edge) from:
> >> Amlwch to Llanbadrig
> >> Amlwch to Llaneilian
> >> Llaneilian to Dulas
> >> many many times. I have an intimate knowledge of the barbed wire
> >> fences, suicidal drops, and the many male bovine creatures that have
> >> occupied these routes over the years.
> >> 3. I learned to drive on Anglesey roads, to swim on Anglesey beaches,
> >> to fall on Anglesey cliffs, to row a boat in Anglesey tides and to
> >> fish for mackerel and bream. I can trace my family back to 1750 in
> >> Anglesey
> >> 3. Bulls and bullocks, that is, male bovine creatures have right of
> >> way on most local roads in Anglesey; okay, you can stop and argue
> >> points of legislation, it's a free country . . Even the female
> >> variety can get quite obstreperous at times. I have considerable
> >> experience of and I believe I hold the world record for running away
> >> and vaulting walls; it seems to run in my family.