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LLANDUDNO AS IT WAS. A BRIEF REVIEW OF THE HISTORY OF LLANDUDNO. (By Mr John Roberts, Bryn Celyn). From time immemorial the, ancient and nolhle family of Mostyn have been dis- tinguished among' their countrymen for their loyalty, their patriotism, and their hospitality. The scions of this house have always been celebrated for their en- lightened and liberal yiews as statesmen, their kind and considerate conduct as landlords, their generous, humane and sterling value as country gentlemen. Of all the ancient nobjildity in this country, the home of Mostyn claims seniority. In the oldi library at Chester1 and also in the library art, Mostyn Hafil is preserved an illuminated pedigree of the family drawn from old M.S.S. by that celebrated herald and antiquary, Randle Holme, who was mayor of Chester 1642-3. It is not less than forty-two feet in length, which after passing through the British and Saxon race of monarchs continues its progress through the Kings of Israel, reaches Noah and the Ark, and finishes wit, our first parents, Adam and E've The family of the ancient house of Mostyn in Flintshire is descended from Tudor Trevor, one of the Royal trfcbes of Wales, who lived about A.D. 924. Fol- lowing the descent we find that in the reign of Rjichard III. Jenan Vychan (now Vaugihan) married Anghariad, heiress of Ithel Vychan, of Mostyn, by whom Mostyn came, to Ithe possession of the family. How el ap Jenan Vychan married the daughter of Gryfydd ap Madoc, of Gloddaeth, in Carnarvonshire, by whom the seat and estate came to the Mostyn family, and is stjilll enjoyed by them. When Richard III. by murder and usurpation had forced his way to the throne of England, the inhabitants of Wales who, had been suffering very severe- ly from oppressive laws enacted against- them by Henry IV., V. and VI. seized the opportunity of Richard's unpopu- larity, and turned their attention to Henry, Earl of Richmond, the head of the House of Lancaster, in whose veins the blood of the Cambrian princes freely flow- ed. To this Royal personage the hopes of our dejected countrymen were directed, and by a well-directed scheme, first form- ed by a few patriotic gentlemen, assem- bled at Mostyn Hall, that distinguished individual, then an exile in France, was brought over, and lodged under the paternal c.are of Riichard ap Howel, the then Lord of Mostyn, and it was here the North Wales Chieftains, in conjunction with those of South Wales planned the overthrow of the House of York, which eventually led to the supremacy of the House of Lancaster in the person of a grandson of Sir Owen Tudor of Mona. It was to Mostyn Hjall, the ancient seat, of the family, that several of the Bards of that period alluded in their compositions, und,er the! fictitious cognomen of the Lion, the Eagle, and t4hei like, but in such terms as to conceal their precise meaning from the jealous eye of the reigning prince, the cruel; Riichard. Thrut tyrant, how- ever, eventually got- an intimation of the meaning of these allusions. Conscious of his own title to the- throne, he put a price on the head of Richmond, and sent emissaries to different parts of Wales in search of him. They heard that Rich- mond was concealed oJ at Mostyn Hall, whither they sent to apprehend him. The Earl was about to dline with the family, but being apprised of his danger, he had just time, to make his escape through a window (which to this day is called the King's window) when King Richard's party made their appearance at the o d entrance hall. The window just men- tioned is in our days shown to the guests and visitors at Mostyn Hall, and the sight invariably creates profound interest. Tradition informs us that the following colloquy took place, between the leader of the party and the then Lord Mostyn. On his entrance to the dining room the strangers said "My lord, we have come here in quest of Henry, Earl of Rich- mond, who we are informed is staying with you." "Your information is in- correct," answered the worthy host, "for he has left here." Looking round, and perceiving the family were about- to. siit down to dinner, the officer observed: "How is this, my lord, I see you have more knives and forks laid on your table than you have company to dinner?" "It is always my custom," replied his lordship, "to have an extra knife and fork on my table in case a friend should drop- in and as I cannot look upon you in any other light, I shall be happy if you will Siit along with us and make, use of them." Whether the stranger did so or otherwise it cannot be ascertamedi, -but it is Known that ,the good old-fashioned way of pro- viding an extra, knife and fork for a friend is still observed by this ancient family at their hospitable house. HOCKEY. COUNTY SCHOOL v. OLD BOYS, On Wednesday afternoon last the County School played their return match on the Critaket- F'ield. After a keenly contested game the Old Boys proved superior by 4 goals to 3. The following team represented the 00cl Boys: Russen Brown (goal) Philip Hornsby and Mer- vyn K. Griffith (backs); J-. Brocklehursc-, G. S. Homan and Alyn Hughes (half- backs); Howel Griffiths, W. G. P. Wil- liams, Bertie Jones, Charles Hughes, and Harold E. V. S. Owen, forwards. NO OPTION—At a Special Police Court on Monday, before Mr J. Adey Wells, and Mr J. O. Thomas, William Jones, formerly in business in Llandudno as a coal merchant, was committed to prison for one month without the option ¡ of a, fine for being drunk and disorderly.

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