|Arthur's Stone, above Dorstone, Herefordshire, August 15, 2010|
Merbach Hill and the Black Mountains (Wales) in the far distance
We had a challenging time on our second day of left-side driving which didn't matter much once we were climbing the steep, narrow lanes up to the hilltop. We found the remnants of the burial tomb which originally was covered with earth but has been exposed long enough that the real stone was linked the the legendary dark-ages King of the Round Table.
The less legendary Roger problem is that there are some generations of Roger Vaughans in Glasbury just east of Hay-on-Wye, also in Talgarth, the next parish up the valley, and also over the hill at Llangors where if you command the waterfowl on the lake to sing, and they do, then you are the natural born King of Wales. And there we go right back to legend.
But there is the reality of Rogers. They existed. I have their records of deaths and parenthood and some family groups set out in wills, but none of them seem to connect up to the Roger Vaughan buried 1797 in Glasbury and our apparent 5th-Great Grandfather. Apparently, a lot of people in these valleys went around naming their sons Roger. They all at least thought they were connected to the original.
I have a lot more work to do.
I need some rest.