Posted by: Geoff | October 6, 2012

Gelert’s Grave

Gelert's Grave Beddgelert North Wales

Taken yesterday afternoon in Beddgelert. Below is the English inscription on Gelert’s tombstone, which reads:

“Gelert’s Grave”

“In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, “The Faithful Hound”, who was unaccountably absent. On Llewelyn’s return the truant, stained and smeared with blood, joyfully sprang to meet his master. The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the infant’s cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered with blood.

The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound’s side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog’s dying yell was answered by a child’s cry.

Llewelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but near by lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain.

The prince filled with remorse is said never to have smiled again. He buried Gelert here.”



  1. Its a beautiful and a lovely if rather sad story, even if only a more recent fiction.

  2. If only we could be the heroes our dogs think we are.

  3. Makes me rather teary!!

  4. A sad story, yet there is a lesson here.

    • Oh what a sad, sad story! My in-laws lived in Craig-y-don in Lllandudno until they passed on a few years ago, so this is very familiar territory for me.

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