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|Description ||This name translates as "Lair of the Greyhound Bitch", but this Neolithic burial chamber is often refered to as Dolwilym. This chamber was originally thought to surrounded by circle of stones. But only two small stones seem to remain.|
|I thought Lletty'r Filiast was the Lair of the Greyhound Bitch.|
|On our last visit we noted a number of stones further down the slope, this may be evidence for the circle of stones. Nice photo, cheers - AS.|
|Lovely setting. I can almost smell the damp forest and leaf mould forming. Wish I were there!|
|I "Gwal" (with a translates as "lair". While "Llety" or "Lletty" translates as "lodging house". The "r" is apostrophized version "yr" and translates as "the" and "Filiast" translates as "greyhound bitch"
|So, did she live in the Gwal but go to the Llety for her holidays? :)|
|Doesn't St Lythans also share this alternate name? Maybe it was old Welsh slang for these monuments?|
|Kay K |
|Maybe there was more than one bitch|
|There's a Twlc y Filiast near Llangadog, which is very difficult to find - twlc being a sty.|
|robc mentions that the 'burial chamber is often refered to as Dolwilym'. From my reading of the wonderful explanation of Welsh names from the OS site, I think that Dolwilym just means William's Meadow, but I am happy to be corrected, as a relatively (1 generation) newcomer to Wales.
Several of the farms, bridges and woods around Gwal y Filiast also seem to be named after the same William. |
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