Welsh Dragon Pendant.
Designed in Scotland by Hamilton & Young jewelers in Edinburgh.
Made using the finest British .925 sterling silver.
Comes with a 16″ sterling silver chain.
Approximate size: .71″ x .65″
Will be dispatched in an attractive black and gold presentation box.
The famous Welsh Dragon “Y Draig Goch” (The Red Dragon) was first recorded as the symbol for Wales in the year 829. It has, however, popularly said to have been the battle Standard of King Arthur and the ancient Celts.
One tale tells the story of the red dragon (Wales) fighting an invading White Dragon (England). Shrieks of the fighting caused women to miscarry, animals to die and plants to perish. The King of Britain, to bring the end of misery dug a deep hole in the middle of Britain and filled it with mead (a strong alcoholic drink made from honey) and covered the hole with cloth. The dragons drank the mead, fell asleep, and the King imprisoned them by burying them still wrapped in the cloth, where they remained for centuries.
A later King tried to build a castle on the land that held the dragons, but every night the castle walls and foundation were demolished for some unknown reason. The King was told to find a boy with no natural father and sacrifice him. He found a boy without a natural father (who reportedly later became the fabled Merlin of King Arthur’s Round table). The boy heard that he was to be sacrificed, so told the King the story of the two dragons. The hole was opened, the dragons released, and they continued their fighting.
The red dragon, representing the people of Wales finally defeated the white dragon, representing the English. The red dragon, like the Scottish Thistle had come to the rescue and became the national symbol of Wales.