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Drym Mountain Ownership WHAT COUNCILLOR S. J. THOMAS THINKS. Councillor S. J. Thomas, Gurnos, writes as follows :-In reference to the paragraph which appeared in "Llais Llafur" last week dealing with owner- ship of Drym Mountain, in which Coun- ..cillor D. R. Morgan stated that he had discovered that Palleg had been sold to the Tredegar family in 1739, I would a.sk Mr Morgan from whom did the Tre- degar family buy it? Thos. Morgan, of Tredegar Park, who died in 1674 was the descendant of Llewelyn Ap Ivor. His son was Wm. Morgan who is reputed to have been the builder of Tredegar House. Wm. Morgan married the only daughter of a great Breconshire landowner by the name of Wm. Morgan, of Dderw, near Brecon, and that was how the Breconshire estates were brought into the family of Sir Mor- gan Ap Meredith. The Drym Mountain :e.rid the Paeg and the Forest of Brecon are separate estates. Councillor David Lewis pointed out that the ground rent of the Half-way Public UtoA", wa paid mi Vestry Day aif the Yniscedwyn 'Arms Hotel, and he further mentioned that the rent was paid; to the Rector of Ystradgynlais. That is not correct. The rent was paid to the warden of the Parish, and they after- wards distributed, it amongst the poor. Mr Lewis stated that the Commoners re oeived the rent now. Who are these people? If they are rated above 28, the rent does not belong to them, so that if justice were done the rent money should be handed over to the chairman of the Parish Council. If this were done the mjoney might be placed in the bank and allowed to accumulate for some com- mon purpose. Then there is the rents for the telegraph poles crossing the Drym Mountain. Who receives this ? At least, a nominal rent of Is. per pole should be paid. The people who get the cream of the Drym Mountain are the few farmers. In the "old days'' the rent was paid by the distribution of 50 pints of beer from the Half-way House, but that custom has died. I do not think that Mr John Dyfrig Owen is quite correct when he states that his father received assistance from the late rector, the Rev. Walter Williams, derived from money received from the Drym Mountain. I believe that the Revs. Timothy Davies, Walter Williams, Thos. Walters, E. L. D. Glanley never re- ceived a single penny from the Drym. For many years Joseph Claypon, Esq., paid to the parishoners of Ystradgyn- lais in r espect of wayleaves over the Drym. The Rev. Walter Wiliams had no control over the money, but it is true that he did help the poor by giving hundreds of pounds to the poor out of his own funds, and was assisted in this charitable work by R. D. Gough, Esq., of Yniscédwyn House. There were in those days, jnany charitable minded people, and amongst them might be mentioned the late Wm. Watkins, of Tymawr, Aber- Geo. -Graixe, aird Patrick Moir, of yHissdedwyn Iron Works. All good men in their day." »»

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