Windsor Davies dies aged 88

Windsor Davies dies aged 88

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washington monument from the library of congressWelsh in Washington!

The famous Washington Memorial has an inscription which places the Welsh influence in the formation of the United States of America into stone.

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Hippocratic Oath

As of 1989, doctors can take their Hippocratic Oath in Welsh.

Written about 2,500 years ago this Oath is one of the most famous texts in Western medicine, yet most people (including doctors) know very little about it. Here is a quick guide to the Oath.

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America or Vespucciland?

Richard Amerik was a Welshman based in Bristol as a British customs official (there were lots of Welshmen in Bristol in the 15th century). Amerik invested in the explorations of John Cabot, who arrived in the 'New World' in 1497, becoming the first recorded person from Britain to do so.

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Ole' Ma Garibaldi

Apparently, the Italian leader Garibaldi was partly Welsh.

It seems his grandmother was from the village of Cerrig y Drudion. There's another interesting snippet related to Cerrig y Drudion - According to Colonel Mainwaring in a speech he gave in 1887, Lawn Tennis derives from the Welsh game known as Cerrig y Drudion!

Yorks' Penn friend...

The Duke of York gave Penn (who was more Irish than Welsh) the parcel of land now known as Pennsylvania as payment for a debt he owed his father, the Admiral Penn. William Penn wanted to name it 'New Wales' but by the time he got his act together his secretary (another Welshman) had called it 'Pennsylvania' - the local, newly established Welsh community were already calling it 'pen this and pen that' after places they'd left behind in Wales.

Welsh claim on first car...?

In 1805 Oliver Evans, American of Welsh descent drove his steam powered digging machine to work! - Not only the first automobile but a company car too! - The hook to hang his jacket on came a lot later :-)

Ghostly canine for best seller...

The Hound of the Baskervilles may be based on a mid Wales tale of a ghostly canine. There is a Baskerville Hall near Brecon.

An apple a day?

We all know of the old proverb 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away' - well it's thought to have originated in Pembrokeshire. Another form is 'Eat an apple before your bed and keep the doctor from his bread'.

Welsh Elvis debate will run and run...

Many people now believe the great (greatest?) rock & roll singer to swell his lungs on the planet Earth, the one and only Elvis Presley, may be of Welsh descent. The surname Presley actually comes from the world Preseli - a chain of mountains in mid-Wales! And to make the story more believable there is an ancient Celtic church in the area called St Elvis's Church!