SH5947 : Gelert's Grave, Beddgelert

near to Beddgelert, Gwynedd, Great Britain

Gelert's Grave, Beddgelert
Gelert's Grave, Beddgelert
The dog Gelert is alleged to have belonged to Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Gwynedd, and to have been a gift from King John of England. In the legend, Llywelyn returns from hunting to find his baby's cradle overturned, the baby missing and the dog with blood around its mouth. Imagining that it has savaged the child, Llywelyn draws his sword and kills the dog, which lets out a final dying yelp. He then hears the cries of the baby and finds it unharmed under the cradle, along with a dead wolf which had attacked the child and been killed by Gelert. Llywelyn is then overcome with remorse and he buries the dog with great ceremony, yet can still hear the dying yelp. After that day Llywelyn never smiles again.
It is now accepted that the village of Beddgelert took its name from an early saint named Kilart or Celert, rather than from the dog. The "grave" mound is ascribed to David Prichard, landlord of the Goat Hotel in Beddgelert in the late eighteenth century, who connected the legend to the village in order to encourage tourism.
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Thursday, 22 March, 2012   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 7 April, 2012
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Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement 
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Beddgelert 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 5904 4778 [10m precision]
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