Llanfor, about a mile from Y Bala, is the site of the subsidiary Roman camp to the one at Caer Gai and guards the outfall end of the lake. In the graveyard here there’s an unusual mausoleum belonging to the Rhiwlas Estate, a family which can trace its ancestors back to the ancient Princes of Wales. The words on the tomb say “As to my latter end I go, To win my Jubilee, I bless the good horse, Bendigo; Who built this tomb for me.” Evidently one of the family won a substantial bet at the horse races.
Llywarch Hen, the 7th Century Welsh Bard, is supposed to be interred at Llanfor near the site of an ancient circle of stones, where he could have had his home. He was one of King Arthur’s generals and also a member of his council. He is said to have lost 24 of his sons in battle and he spent the rest of his time all alone afterwards until he was 150 years old reminiscing with his harp about his life full of misfortune.
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