March 20, 2016
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was my ancestral cousin, he was descended from my direct ancestor King Tewdwr Mawr ap Cadell, (born 997), Brenin Deau Cymru (King of Southern Wales). Roosevelt was also descended from John of Gaunt Duke of Lancaster, whose great grandson Sir Henry Stradling, Knight of the Holy Sepulchre, married my ancestral cousin Elsbeth ferch William ap Thomas of Raglan Castle (sometimes known as Elizabeth Herbert (born 1427)). She is not to be confused with my ancestral cousin Elizabeth Herbert (born 1476) who was married to Charles Somerset, Earl of Worcester (born 1460) also descended from John of Gaunt.”
But that means that you are also related (using the cousin-trick) to George W Bush and Winston Churchill. Hmm, Churchill: son of a syphilitic father and a mother who whored herself to get juicy posts for her son … which he then royally screwed up, causing many deaths (Gallipoli). Gee, Ron, why do you want to be associated with such people? Do/did any of them even speak Welsh?
PS: Our writer-friend points out that there is another connection between Ron and Churchill. It is a little-known fact that Churchill proposed his own idea for a death-ray. It was infantile: essentially an unshielded nuclear reactor at the breech-end of a cannon. The previous incumbent of the ‘craigcefnparc-crackpot’ post was of course ‘death-ray’ Grindell-Matthews. Just before he died in 1941, he claimed that the government was making ‘overtures’ to him (after rightly dismissing him as a crook in 1925). Who knows? Winston ‘action-this-day’ Churchill was very fond of crackpots. He favoured the building of aircraft carriers out of sawdust-ice composites. When he sent their inventor, Pyke, to the USA Pyke was so arrogant (like all crackpots) that he came close to alienating Vannevar Bush, the head of wartime US research!