Promoting an interest in the history of Owain Glyndwr, the Welsh Son of Prophecy, his life, times and society and his great Welsh War of Independence;also promoting causes today in Glyndwr's spirit and promoting the flying of the Glyndwr flag on Sept 16 Glyndwr Day.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The True Flags of Cenedl Glyndwr - Cenedl Cymru Rydd.

Many Nationalists were perturbed by all the “Cilts and Crosses” that appeared on the recent 2007 Cambria/Tartan Centre St David’s Day Parade in Cardiff, prominent were masses of the "Anglican" 'Yellow Cross of Saint David' and White Cross of Saint Pirran of Cornwall.

So, cilts aside, as others are dealing with this very well, There are numerous reasons why Embassy Glyndwr cannot fully support this ''Yellow Cross of Saint David'', but the main one is that we regard 'Baner Glyndwr' as having the historical right to be the senior flag of Wales and the flag of our Cenedl Glyndwr - Cenedl Cymru Rydd. We find it rather ironic and sad in particular, that after all the effort we have made to resurrect the true Welsh National Flag, there are those so called ''nationalists'' who now support a Flag that has more to do with a ''phoney and spuedo patriotism'' than a Free Wales - which is what the 'Cross of Saint David' Flag stands for. In respect to our purposefull patriotic principles, Pobl Glyndwr can only but follow 'Baneri Glyndwr', the 'Four Lions Rampant' Cymric royal flag and Y Ddraig Aur - Glyndwr's Battle Flag.

We know that the chief promoters of the 'Cross of Saint David' Flag are the Welsh Tartan Centres in Cardiff and Swansea, Cambria Magazine and the Miltary and Hospitaller Order of Saint David who are also amongst the chief sponsors and supporters of the annual aforementioned Cardiff 'Dydd Dewi' Parade' and the ''first kilted'' Cambria Band. Also now coming on the side of the Yellow Cross of Saint David, is the newly founded Welsh Christian Party and i musn't leave out Cardiff Football Club - and way before all these, the 38th Welsh Division of the British Army - just in time for WW II. But, of course, the 'Saint David Cross' as an emblem and flag belongs to the initiative of the dis-established ''Anglican'' Church in Wales that had become the Anglican Church in Wales. It was they who, in 1921, invented the Saint David's cross as a means of advancing their newly discovered ''Welsh Identity'' - an image they had to establish fast. However, they were not so successful in these endeavours and perhaps we must look towards John Wake as the person who renewed a promotion of this flag as part and parcel of his ''Cilts Cymru'' Initiative. (see on Web Flags of the World)

At next year's 'Dydd Dewi' parade in Cardiff, we may added the White Saint Andrew's Cross/Saltire and the Red Cross/Saltire of Saint Patrick, what next, the Red Cross of Saint George? Be concerned, as there will be ''Uncle Taffies" out there quite happy to suggest this. The more this Cross of Saint David is promoted and popularised, the more cries we will hear for it to be added to the Union Jack. Do not think that the ''Brits" would not do that, as, after all, St David's Day was an English initiative to pacify the Welsh in 1398 and made a day of celebration for the English Victory at Azincourt in 1415. Shortly before Saint David's Day, Robert Hinton of Cambria Magazine, sponsors of the Cardiff Parade, suggested the "Anglican" Cross of Saint David as an appropriate Seal/Coat of Arms for the Assembly in Cardiiff Bay! Shortly after the Saint David's Parade, the Welsh Christian Party called for 'Y Ddraig Goch' to be abandoned and the Cross of Saint David made the National Flag of Wales.

We are not bothered with what they do with 'Y Ddraig Goch', after all it is a Tudor invention carried to the Battle of Bosworth as a pennant alongside the Cross of Saint George. Y Ddraig Goch only became recognised in it's present form as a national flag in 1959 - by the National Eisteddfod I believe? The 'Cross of Saint David' was "invented" in 1921 as a flag for the dis-established Church of England in Wales.

There is then a Cymric Myth that tells us of a 'Baner Cadwlader', a Rampant Red Dragon ,

whilst history also records the Coats of Arms of many of our Gwledydd - Native Pricipalities, best known are the 'four passive Lions of Gwynedd' the Arms of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd - taken by Edward I who stuck an English Crown dead centre to show it thence belonged to the English Princes of Wales to display when in Wales.

This brings us to 'Baneri Glyndwr'. First, his Royal Standard of the 'Four Lions Rampant' which, since our ressurrection and campaign to promote the use of, this flag is now recognised and used throughout the land. If not the National Flag of Wales, then surely the flag of our Cenedl Glyndwr, thus, the flag Pobl Glyndwr carry and follow before any other Welsh Flag, and remember, it is the most senior flag of our homeland.

Deservingly, it is always this flag that should be to the fore in all parades, not to the rear or simply as one of many flags. This flag should always be accompanied by the Golden Dragon - Battle Flag of Owain Glyndwr and not by the Tudor Red Dragon .

If you've got to wave a cross flag, then please make it a Celtic Cross and not one that is associated with ''Crusading Christians'' who used it to punish those they called ''Heretics'' be they British Pelagians ar Occitan Cathars. Also, a Celtic Cross cannot be placed on a Union Jack.

So Pobl Glyndwr and other Nationalists be loyal to the flags of Glyndwr and no other, and that means at all times, not just at Pobl Glyndwr or nationalist events but also at sports events and at protests ''Ymgyrch Glyndwr Ymlaen'.

including on Saint David's Day Parades.

Embassy Glyndwr policy regards Saint David's Day celebrations and parades:

* We are not opposed to such but believe they need to be organised in as many communities as possible by Local Authorities, local Mentrau Iaith, Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin and all other community groups that wish to participate.
Abertawe Saint David's Day/Week sets an excellent example for other communities to follow.

* Pobl Glyndwr and, we suggest, other Nationalist - Patriots, only fully support such local community St David's Day parades on the condition that it is recognised that a 'CONTINGENT GLYNDWR' will participate, organised behind it's own huge 'BANER GLYNDWR'. All Nationalists Patriots wishing to carry 'Baneri Glyndwr' will be requested to march behind this 'Baner Glyndwr' which may be flanked by the Red Rampant Dragon of Cadwladr and Gold Rampant Dragon of Glyndwr. This will make it absolutly clear that this is a body of Pobl Glyndwr who are truely 'Juratus Oweyn' and seek restoration of 'CENEDL GLYNDWR' and the re-establishment of a true 'SENEDD GLYNDWR'.

* Pobl Glyndwr and other Nationalist Patriots will be reminded that 'Baneri Glyndwr' both, Lions Rampant and Y Ddraig Aur, are the only historically proved senior baners of Cymru - Cenedl Glyndwr. Thus there is no way these banners will be seen as secondary to any other percieved ''Welsh Flag'' be it Y Ddraig Goch and certainly not by the junior ''Anglican'' Saint David's Yellow Cross as promoted by the Church of England in Wales, Tartan Centre, MHOSD, WCP, Cambria Magazine and the Cambria Band.

Further, Pobl Glyndwr note, that Embassy Glyndwr, in no way supports, the annual Cambria/Tartan Centre Saint David's Day parade. Indeed, we call upon Pobl Glyndwr to boycott and instead focus more attention, effort, energy and enthusiasm in organising to support commemorations and parades for:

* 16 Medi 'Dydd Glyndwr' locally and at Corwen.

* 28 Mai 'Dydd Elusen Glyndwr' locally to mark Owain's B.D.

* 21 Mehefin 'Dydd y Senedd/Dydd y Coroni at Machynlleth.

It is not a hard and fast rule but, whenever possible, and for whatever parade, Pobl Glyndwr /Nationalist - patriotic support organisers should request to carry one solitary 'Baner Glyndwr' to the fore, - as it is the most senior of Welsh Flags. If this is not accepted then a 'Contigent Glyndwr' is proposed, if that is rejected, then, obviously, Pobl Glyndwr and others of like mind will not support any parades that turn down such reasonable requests. There are many reasons to take such a stand, the obvious being that we not not wish to see Pobl Glyndwr and other Nationalist - Patriots misused as they have been regards the annual Cambria/Tartan Centre 'Dydd Dewi' parade in Caerdydd. Neither do we want any ambiguities such as being conned that to follow Y Ddraig Goch and ''Anglican'' Yellow Cross of Saint David is correct as these flags have strong ''British/Anglo/Welsh'' associations. It is sad and angers us to see Pobl Glyndwr made to look as if they are traitors to 'Achos Glyndwr'.

Pobl Glyndwr be Loyal to the 'Red & Yellow'...

not, the 'Yellow & Black'.

Juratus Oweyn.

Glyndwr's Oaks will only grow strong,

if Pobl Glyndwr are strong willed!

Gethin ap Gruffydd: Embassy Researcher.
'Juatus Oweyn'

Pobl Glyndwr and other Nationalists note:

This picture is of 'Parliament Green' at Canolfan Senedd Dy Glyndwr, Machynlleth. The picture was taken at dawn this year and has had to be digitally lightened. Above is Penrallt upon which is 'Craig Coroni Glyndwr' and 'Golygfa Glyndwr', it is here we hold our annual 'Welcome of the Dawn' of 'Troad y Rhod' on 21 Mehefin - 'Dydd y Senedd/Dydd y Coroni Glyndwr'. This ceremony was initiated on 21 Mehefin 2004 and has since been sustained there by Embassy Staff alone unfortunatly! A further ceremony launched in 2004, at the time of the great Coffad 1404 Commemoration, was that of inviting patriots to swear an annual oath of 'Juratus Oweyn' upon Parliament Green. Under circumstances outlined in this posting, we feel there is a need to set out to revive this 'Juratus Oweyn' ceremony as an annual event. We feel there is need for other Nationalist - Patriots to have the opportnuity to swear 'Juratus Oweyn' and also a need for the opportunity for Pobl Glyndwr to reaffirm their oath of 'Juratus Oweyn' which so many seem to forget so easily. SO, PATRIOTS NOTE, FUTURE POSTINGS WILL INFORM ON THIS RENEWDED LAST AND FINAL ATTEMPT BY EMBASSY GLYNDWR TO MAKE THE MACHYNLLETH GLYNDWR COMMEMORATION ON AND AROUND THE 21 MEHEFIN ANNUALLY THE GREATEST OF NATIONALIST GATHERINGS TO CELEBRATE OUR PRINCE. NB: We shall not ourselves organise this but see it as the responsibility of Ardal Machynlleth Pobl Glyndwr to arise to the occasion as convenors of such an important annual commemoration and ceremonies as the welcome of the dawn at Craig Coroni Glyndwr and of 'Juratus Oweyn' at Parliament Green. After all, should not Machynleth patriots be more than just proud of living in Machynlleth but activelly do all possible to ensure it remainsl Prif Ddinas Owain IV. To help serve and advance such a great patriotic purpose, we shall shortly set up a blog: CENEDL GLYNDWR, Please note, a special announcement posting will be published soon in this blog, Owain Glyndwr Communicates, giving out further information.