Day twenty-three of the Brecon Beacons Advent Calendar celebrates one of Britain’s great writers and poet who was from the Brecon Beacons.
Henry Vaughan, spent most of his life in the village of Llansantffraed, near Brecon, where he was also buried.
Henry Vaughan was schooled locally in Llangattock near Crickhowell.
He then enrolled in Jesus College, Oxford in 1638. Two years later he abandoned studying in order to support his families law firm. His career in law was then cut short following the outbreak of the civil war. Eventually Vaughan settled down to become a well known poet and writer.
Vaughan took his literary inspiration from his native environment and chose the descriptive name “Silurist,” derived from his homage to the Silures, the Celtic tribe of pre-Roman south Wales, which strongly resisted the Romans. This name is a reflection of the deep love Vaughan felt towards the Welsh mountains of his home in what is now part of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the River Usk valley where he spent most of his early life and professional life.