Was the date of the rising of Owen Glendower;
Till fifteen were added with courage ne’er cold
Liv’d Owen, though latterly Owen was old.
George Borrows writes in his work The Welsh and Their Literature that Lo Goch
"composed this ode two years before the great Welsh insurrection, when he was more than a hundred years old. To his
own great grief he survived his patron, and all hopes of Welsh independence. An englyn, which he composed a few days before his death, commemorates the year of the rising of Glendower, and also the year to which the chieftain lived."
Welsh hero, Owen Glendower was proclaimed Prince of Wales in 1400 and is still remembered and revered today as a man who will one day return and free the Welsh from English oppression.
It was through Borrow's work, that I first learnt about Welsh poets such as Lewis Glyn Cothi and Hew Cae Llwyd, his writings were an aid in my research into the life of my ancestor Thomas Vaughan who was executed at Pontefract in 1483. Borrows work was useful too when I was researching my paternal ancestry, giving me an insight into my Welsh ancestry and a look at the towns and villages these ancestors once inhabited.
George Borrow's work, I feel, is much overlooked but it is historically important, therefore I have included a link to the George Borrows Society.