image The Sacred Yew is quite a Claim that a Living Tree could predate Bronze Age Activity, Roman Occupation & Christian period. The Ancient Yew;  According to Robert Bevan - Jones Observation that the Yew is generally acknowledged as British Tree capable of Longest Life in Wales...probably has the Largest collection of Ancient Yews in the World. According to George Barrow's view of the Tree "Strata Florida" as A Site of an early Saint's Cell with associated 'Spring' & Yew Trees. The tour of Wales in the 1870 wrote of a Yew Tree at Strata Florida that stood just by the Northern Wall, & described Tree as being either Split by Lightning or by the Force of Wind.


Tree "Strata Florida" as A Site of an early Saint's Cell with associated 'Spring' & Yew Trees?


many of the languages of Europe and Asia had developed from a common ancestral language, and he outlined his theory for the first time at a meeting of the Bengal Asian Society in 1786.

Towards the end of the eighteenth century, philologists began to study groups of languages. They showed, for example, that French, Spanish and Italian had developed from Latin. They were able to prove that padre (Italian), padre (Spanish), pert (French), pai (Portuguese) and pare (Catalan) had all developed from the Latin word for father, pater.

According to Sir William Jones, the same process had occurred when Indo-European developed into different languages throughout Europe and Asia. Of course, not one word of Indo-European has survived, but linguists believe that the people who spoke the language lived about 6000 years ago. From their original home in southern Russia they migrated eastward and westward, reaching central Europe by 3500 BC and India by 2000 BC.

From this original language, there developed nine families of languages. One of these was Celtic, and it is to this group, as we shall see, that Welsh belongs. In speaking of Sir William Jones, we should note one interesting tale about him. Once, while on a visit to Paris, he was introduced to the French King by the British Ambassador. In presenting him, the ambassador said, "Sir William is a very strange man. He can speak practically every language under the sun, except his own!"

This was perfectly true, for although he could read a little Welsh, he was unable to speak the language!