The Welsh Gypsies

Children of Abram Wood

Author(s) Eldra Jarman,A. O. H. Jarman

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh Interest, History

  • April 2011 · 256 pages ·234x156mm

  • · Paperback - 9780708323984

About The Book

The Gypsy family of Abram Wood first arrived in Wales in the eighteenth century, a tawny-skinned people speaking a language close to Hindi and Sanskrit. Welsh society found their customs strange and sometimes unacceptable. The family included such colourful characters as Abram Wood himself, their chieftain, who always rode a pedigree horse but died in a cowshed on the slopes of Cader Idris; Silvaina, who was feared as a witch and who insisted that Robin her mule could understand every word of her Romani speech and Harry, who tried to emulate his idol Dick Turpin by riding a farm horse madly around a field. The Wood family, from Abram to the twentieth century, also provided Wales with many famous skilled harpists and fiddlers who performed Welsh music.

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Eldra Jarman

Eldra Jarman is a descendant of Abram Wood. She is a great-granddaughter of John Roberts of Newtown and inherited the family gift for harp-playing.

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Author(s): A. O. H. Jarman

A.O.H. Jarman was a Welsh scholar and Professor of Welsh at University College, Cardiff until his retirement in 1979.

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