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Carreg Fyrddin

Standing Stone / Menhir


Parish of ABERGWILI.
Carreg Fyrddin, 'Merlin's Stone' (6 in. Ord. Surv. sheet, Carm. 40 N.W.; lat 51'52'1", long. 4'14'14").

This stone stands in a field called Parc y maen llwyd on the farm of Ty llwyd. The farmstead is placed at the foot of the picturesque height called Merlin's Hill, and the stone has a place in the traditions of the neighbourhood concerning Merlin. It stands 5 feet above ground, is 4 feet 6 inches broad, and 1 foot thick; it faces south. Certain marks on this stone have been thought to be Ogam characters, but they are probably only accidental or random scorings. A highly fanciful sketch of them is given in Westwood's Lapidarium Walliae, pl. 47, fig. 1; and the stone is referred to in Arch Camb., 1876, IV, vii, 236; ib., 1877, IV, viii, 137.

About 150 yards north-east of Carreg Fyrddin and on the same farm of Ty llwyd, are two meini hirion, separated 50 feet from each other. They are about 4 feet high, and 4 feet 6 inches broad. They bear no distinctive names, nor is any tradition connected with them. - Visited, 24th September, 1912.
From An inventory of the ancient monuments in Wales and Monmouthshire: V - County of Carmarthenshire.

I don't know if any of these stones still exist. They're not mentioned on the Coflein map. It would be a shame if they don't.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
1st January 2013ce
Edited 2nd January 2013ce

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