MABON, was the bardic name of William Abraham (1842-1922). Born in Cwmafan, he worked in collieries from the age of ten, but gained a reputation as a skilled negotiator with the mine owners. He became agent for the Cambrian Miners Association, and later treasurer for the Miners Federation of Great Britain, the most influential miner’s leader of his time.
From 1885 to 1910 he was MP for the Rhondda, first for the Liberals, then for Labour.
He had a holiday home in Llantwit Major at Bryn Illtyd, later the house where Glyn Daniel was brought up.
This family was a wealthy Cardiff family where they owned significant property in the town centre. They took part in many community projects such as the library, the museum, and the Council. Their association with Llantwit Major came through Frederick Vachell who...