Y Gestiana was published in Welsh
in 1892 and it gives a vivid picture of how the history of the area was
understood by a cultured Welshman at the end of the nineteenth century. This
original Welsh edition is rare, but there are copies in Bangor University
Library and the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. Y Gestiana was
Robert Isaac Jones under the pseudonym of Alltud Eifion. Robert Isaac
Jones was an pharmacist, printer and littérateur,
who wrote and published a handful of books, newspapers and journals. His book is
rated very highly by people who have an interest in the history of the area
surrounding Porthmadog, and as a reference book it is invaluable.
In 1988 Jack Kidd from Pentrefelin undertook the
very demanding task of translating Y Gestiana into English. This
current book is based on this translation and
has some rather
idiosyncratic phraseology which perhaps aimed to capture the spirit of the
The editor, Richard Walwyn is the author
A Little History of
and editor of Portmadoc
and Its Resources 1856.
The Gestiana has 188 pages, is paperback, A5 size and its ISBN No is
and the date of publication was 21st December 2013.
To buy the book in the
Please click on the BUY NOW PayPal tab below - the cost is £10.00 (Postage Free)
or send a cheque for £10.00 made
payable to Cathy Woodhead and send it to Delfryn Publications, Delfryn, Borth y Gest,
PORTHMADOG LL49 9TW.
To buy the book from
OVERSEAS (including Eire):
Please click on
BUY NOW tab below - the cost is £17.00 (including postage):
.Click here to buy a digital copy of the book for