It is of interest to note that John and Elenor actually signed their names for their marriage. But note also the first letter of John's last name. The Curate spelled it out clearly as "Vaughan," but this signature appears to begin with some other letter. Could it be an "F"? That would make him a likely Welsh speaker, not just a bad speller.
As I've explained here, the name in Welsh was originally "Fychan" pronounced pretty closely to how the dominant English would say "Vaughan" but with a guttural coughing in the middle to make it two syllables. Could it be that John mixed up his Welsh with his English transposing the "V" for an "F"? Makes sense to me. The fact that he actually signed evidences some level of education even if born illegitimate. The fact that he used "F" for a "V" indicates a clear level of Welsh.
|The Water in Wye from the one-lane Clifford Toll Bridge near Hay-on-Wye. I'm wearing the button of the Monmouth Regiment I bought further down river next to the castle where Prince Hal was born. (Taken August 20, 2010.)|
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