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I was intrigued to read about the Saintly Guinefort, the 13th-century French greyhound slain after his master mistakenly thought that the dog had killed his son (Top Ten, February 2015 . A similar story exists in North Wales, as a supposed explanation for the name of a small village.

Beddgelert (literally Gelert’s Grave) is purportedly the resting place of Gelert, faithful hound of Llywelyn the Great, a 13th-century prince of north Wales. According to legend, while out hunting one day Llewelyn noticed that Gelert was not by his side. Upon returning home, Llywelyn found his infant’s cot empty and Gelert’s mouth smeared with blood. The Prince immediately plunged his sword into the dog’s side, assuming that it had killed his heir. When the dog’s dying howl was answered by a child’s cry from the next room, Llywelyn rushed through to find his unharmed child lying next to the body of a wolf which Gelert had killed. Llywelyn is said never to have smiled again.

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