Rhoscolyn has a fascinating history, with its patron saint, Gwenfaen, first making her home and church here in 630 AD. Some say that the druids’ last stand against the Romans, who invaded Mona (Anglesey) in 60 or 61 AD, was at Cymyran, the inland sea between Mona and Holy Island and the open sea, south of Four Mile Bridge.
A dinosaur called Charlotte!
We did feature Tyger’s stone a few years ago, but some readers have asked about it, following the photograph by Caspar Verney published last month. It is a sad story about a truly valiant dog – every time I read it it brings tears to my eyes and will to yours I am sure.
You may have seen the stone, near the edge of the cliff, over the Black Arch, in the south-eastern corner of Penrhos Bay (on the way from Rhoscolyn towards Trearddur Bay). On its seaward face is engraved the simple legend that you can see above. This commemorates a dog’s cleverness and unselfish devotion in saving the lives of a captain, two men and a boy after their ship had founded in the offing. The tale runs that a ketch, bound for Liverpool, struck Maen Piscar, a dangerous rock lying about three quarters of a mile offshore, during a fog which had lasted for several days. Lifted by a swell she slipped off the rock and after drifting a few minutes sank in deep water. The captain had a vague idea of his whereabouts but Tyger, his big retriever, suggested by vociferous barking that he, at any rate, knew where the land lay. Possibly the dog’s acute sense of hearing had detected the echo of his barking from the cliffs. Be that as it may, as the vessel sank Tyger leaped into the sea and began to swim off. His master, realising their only chance of life lay in trusting to the dog’s instinct, struck out in pursuit, calling to the others to do the same. The captain who was a particularly strong swimmer helped the two men in turn, while he saw that the boy hung on to Tyger’s collar.
After a long struggle they sighted the cliffs looming through the fog. By now they were all so exhausted that it is doubtful whether any one of them would have reached safety if it had not been for the gallant behaviour of the dog. For Tyger, having brought the boy within reach of the rocks, instead of scrambling ashore with him, turned and swam back to his master. The captain, seeing that one of his men was straggling behind, sent Tyger to his aid. The dog gamely swam on and seizing the man by the collar helped him to land. Returning again to his master and the other seaman he gave the last ounce of his strength in enabling them to reach the rocks, where, at last, they all lay in a state of complete exhaustion. Thereupon, Tyger, his great heart broken with the strain, feebly licked the hand of his master, and died.
Rhoscolyn history event – Atgofion Rhoscolyn
There is going to be a nostalgic event over the weekend of 28th and 29th July. Anyone who would like to share memories of Rhoscolyn – photographs, diaries, pictures, artifacts, maps, anecdotes or stories is invited to bring them to the hall over the weekend. It is an opportunity to show what you have and chat with others about your Rhoscolyn memories. If you don’t have any memorabilia yourself, come along anyway to see what there is on show and find out about our village’s history.
So that they can have sufficient tables and chairs available, if you are interested (or to find out more) contact either Myfyr Roberts (01407 740163) or Susan Hanbury (01407 860569).
We will have more information about this next month and there will be notices on display outside the hall and church and around the village.