Flame-bearers of Welsh History: being the outline of the story of 'The sons of Cunedda'


Robert Scourfield Mills, also known as Owen Rhoscomyl and Arthur Owen Vaughan, was a writer and adventurer. He escaped out to sea as a young boy and worked in numerous countries. When Rhoscomyl returned to Wales he took great interest in its history and wrote the volume ‘Flame-bearers of Welsh History'; it was to be used as a school textbook. However, the publication was not approved by academic historians for it deliberately incited a sense of nationalism, which was unusual for an Anglo-Welsh writer within this context. Rhocomyl’s aim was to eliminate the prejudice against the history of Wales, and he did so by emphasising the nation’s most honourable and dramatic historic events, from the earliest period to the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.