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"Scenes and Stories Little Known - Chiefly in North Wales" is now available to read online. It seems that it wasn't written by the vicar, but his wife(?), Margaret Butler Clough. What's more, the stories are in verse. The profits went to the Repairing Fund for Bistre church, you'll be pleased to hear. The relevant chapter is called "The Field of the Golden Corselet" in which she describes "A mist-robed form stood with imperial mien" of which none saw the face, and "sometimes low sweet music stole around."
Interestingly, in the notes to the poem, she says:
An old man, commonly called "old Hugh of the Pentre," used to tell children so about 25 years ago. He called the appearance "Brenhin yr Allt," literally the Ancient King.
- this adds weight to the idea that the story existed before the discovery of the cape? Though the sightings in the verses do not actually mention a gold cape, the hay field was "ever called the Field of Gold" (according to the poem, at least).

The bones found were said to be "those of a man of great stature, and the skull of gigantic proportions; but they crumbled almost immediately to dust." MBC connects this with stories of "Benlli Gawr, or the Giant, [who] lived at Mold, then called Wydd Grug, in the 5th century. He was lord of an extensive district around, and had a camp or fortress on Moel Benlli."
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
17th January 2007ce
Edited 17th January 2007ce

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