William Bebb

Edward Bebb of Llanbrynmair emigrated to the USA in 1795 with a number of others from the area and established a Welsh Community on Paddy's Run, a tributary of the Great Miami River, which in turn feeds into the Ohio River, at Shaldon (Morgan Township, Butler County, Ohio). His son William Bebb rose to become the 19th governor of Ohio (1846-1849). Read more at: http://ohio.llgc.org.uk/co-butler

Dr. Abraham Rees

Dr. Abraham Rees (1743-1825) was born in Llanbrynmair, took a post as mathematics tutor at Hoxton Academy, London, for 22 years and then for a further 40 years preached as a Presbyterian minister, having the distinction of being the last to wear a wig in this latter role. He revised and edited Chambers' Encyclopaedia for 10 years, and ultimately published his own work, Rees's Cyclopaedia. This led to his being elected as a member of the Royal Society, and there's a portrait of him at the National Gallery.

Mynyddog - Richard Davies

Richard Davies was the son of Daniel Davies, "deacon and precentor in the Old Chapel" - and I'm guessing that it must have been Yr Hen Gapel, Dolfach, Llanbrynmair. He was born nearby at Dol Lydan on 10 January, 1833. He was a farmer, but became famous as a poet and writer of hymns, and was a leading light in many eisteddfodau, both in Wales and in America. He took his bardic name of Mynyddog from the hill nearby his place of birth, Newydd Fynyddog, and lived at Bron-y-Gan, Cemmaes, until his death on 14 July, 1877.

Lled Croen yr Ych

This is a stone circle up on Newydd Fynyddog hill, one of two such in the vicinity, and its name means "width of the ox hide". Two stories exist to explain this odd name: one is that an ox hide was stretched out and stones erected at its extremities - but it must have been a great big ox, as the circle is about 24m in diameter. Another story, although hardly an explanation, is that there were two mighty long-horned oxen (probably Hu Gadarn's famous "ychain bannog") tethered separately on this and another mountain top. They bellowed in misery because they could see but not reach each other, and eventually died of grief.