SO2824 : Dialgarreg / The Revenge Stone in the Black Mountains

taken 5 years ago, near to Partrishow, Powys, Great Britain

Dialgarreg / The Revenge Stone in the Black Mountains
Dialgarreg / The Revenge Stone in the Black Mountains
Gerald of Wales (1146 - 1223) writing a short time after the event records the incident in 1136 that gave this location its name thus: 'It happened a short time after the death of King Henry I, that Richard de Clare, a nobleman of high birth and lord of Cardiganshire, passed this way on his journey from England into Wales, accompanied by Brian de Wallingford, lord of this province, and many men-at-arms. At the passage of Coed Grono and at the entrance into the wood, he dismissed him and his attendants, though much against their will, and proceeded on his journey unarmed; from too great a presumption of security, preceded only by a minstrel and a singer, one accompanying the other on the fiddle. The Welsh awaiting his arrival, with Iorwerth, brother of Morgan of Caerleon, at their head, and others of his family, rushed upon him unawares from the thickets, and killed him and many of his followers. Thus it appears how incautious and neglectful of itself is too great presumption; for fear teaches foresight and caution in prosperity, but audacity is precipitate, and inconsiderate rashness will not await the advice of the leader'.

Typical Gerald. This was an upland route in medieval times, followed by de Clare, despite current unrest, against advice and was a crossing of paths at this point, so a likely place for a commemorative stone. The landscape was presumably more thickly wooded than today. The Welsh knew which route he was taking, either through watching his progress or through informers and lay in wait, ruthlessly dealing with a Norman in a way that Normans often dealt with them.
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Saturday, 21 April, 2012   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 21 April, 2012
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Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 2833 2402 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:54.6050N 3:2.5972W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 2831 2401
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