Bardic furniture poses a question or two Has the family a poet, and doesn't know it?

The will of great aunt Emma Jane Evans nee Scott has emerged out of the ether {1}. This confirmed that cousin Joseph Gregory was indeed its named executor, even if he was described in the probate record as an ironmonger rather than in his more well-known musical role.

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Blaengwynfi and beyond Osbornes spreading out in the valleys

A guest article from Alan Croad {1}.

A number of factors may explain the movement of the wider Osborne family between Clydach Vale, Blaengwynfi and Tonyrefail. {2}

Developing the pits

An important entrepreneur William Perch 1831-1891 of Perch & Co. opened mines in the Rhondda Valley, including one at Clydach Vale in 1847 and later in the Afan Valley in 1892; he later acquired the Glyncorrwg and Glynneath mines. Perch’s success included obtaining Admiralty contracts in 1898 supplying coal to the Navy. It may have been easy to transfer to the coal owner’s new mines where new housing was available. A number of the managers and under managers at Blaengwynfi were from Tonypandy and this may have benefitted miners wanting a transfer.

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The return and disappearance of the missionary Mays

It has been the best part of a year since I wrote about the Kiwi Cousins – the May branch of the Scott family, mum’s maternal line. As of this article, I have now probably gone as far as I can from the online records, and can only hope to discover a living relative to fill in the gaps.

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