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Sleuthin g my Welsh ancestr y

Life-long history teacher, family historian and author Keith Gregson is all-too-familiar with his family tree. But when his eldest son moved to Wales, and needed to prove his Welsh credentials in the light of English-Welsh rugby matches, it was time for Keith to delve deeper into a specific branch of his family tree and trace his Welsh roots


The 1841 Census showing the Buckleys at Peny Rhieu, Llangenny; Penrhiw Cottage (as it is now known) is on the right

Three or four years ago my eldest son and his family moved to Llantarnam, a pleasant little ancient village between Newport and Cwmbran in South Wales. Here their Welsh daughter – Hazel Angharad Ffion – was born. With English-born older sister Everly now chatting away in Welsh, I thought it was about time to firm up on our Welsh ancestry.

Both my father and paternal grandmother were almost Welsh (the former born at Sellatyn about three miles on the English side of the border and the latter at Priory Park, Clifford a few yards to the east of the same border). However, the nearest direct Welsh ancestry came in the form of a marriage between an English great-grandfather and a Welsh greatgrandmother at the delightful rural church of Llanelly near Crickhowell in 1884. From the newly married lady – born Eliza Buckley – the Welsh line stretches back intriguingly in two directions: one to the lovely district between Hay and Builth Wells in the Wye Valley and the other via the area around 19th-century Crickhowell to the South of Ireland. For many with Welsh ancestry, Ireland and rural Wales are possible ancestral backdrops and, this given, there is a chance that my own research discoveries may prove of interest and assistance to others.

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