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Sker House || The Maids of Sker
There was more than one Maid of Sker. In truth, however, the title properly belongs to Elizabeth the daughter of Issac Williams who died in 1776.
The other real-life "Maid of Sker" was Martha Howells (b.1771) - both these two were daughters of well-to-do gentleman tennent farmers who lived and worked the farm at Sker House.
The Maid of Sker
R.D. Blackmore - (1825-1900)
R.D.Blackmore's ficticious "Maid of Sker" was called Bertha Bampfylde and the book (Maid of Sker) was first published in 1872.
The Victorian novelist R.D.Blackmore (1825-1900) achieved fame with his classic "Lorna Doone".
The Folk Song - Y Ferch o'r Sker
Elizabeth Williams (d.1776)
Out of his attempts to woo Elizabeth Williams came the folk song "Y Ferch o'r Sker".
The harpist, Thomas Evans of Newton Nottage was no composer, far less a poet, so he pevailed upon a local bard, David Llewellyn of Nottage, to write the words, which were set to the hymn tune called 'Diniweidrwydd'.
Translation (Welsh to English)|| Diniweidrwydd
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