Y Bardd Cocos
by Einir Roscoe
(Perth in Western Australia)
St Tysilio Church Island, Menai Bridge
Menai Suspension Bridge from St Tysilio Chucrh Island
Was it my imagination that my Nain and Taid used to talk about someone called Y Bardd Cocos
- I think
I remember them saying he was from Brynsiencyn
I know it has nothing to do with this thread. Just asking maybe someone does actually remember and it’s not my imagination.
Hi again Einir,
Swsus to you too.
Do you remember the four lions on the Britannia Bridge, two on both sides? Y Bardd Cocos (the Cocckle Bard) wrote a very well known ditty about these lions. There's a tansalation on my Britannia Bridge
page.Pedwar llew tew
Heb ddim blew,
Dau 'rochr yma
A dau 'rochr drew
I've just disovered that his name is John Evans
(1826-1888). I hadn't made the connection. He is bured on the Church Island of St Tysilio
below Thomas Telford's Suspension Bridge.
He was renowned for writing poetry that was not supopsed to be funny but was. Wikipedia has very little on it, unless you check out the Welsh version.
Google 'Y Bardd Cocos' and you'll find plenty there.