Llanfairynghornwy can be found on the north western corner of the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales. Nearby villages include Penyrorsedd to the north, Llanrhyddlad to the south, Porth y Bribys to the west and Llanfechell to the east.
The village is set in a rural area, with the mountain Mynydd y Garn situated just 1km west of Llanfairynghornwy. The lake Llyn Llygeirian is also 2.5km south east, and abounds with flora and fringing marshland. For those who enjoy fishing, there is also a trout fishery at Llyn Llygeirian, which is accessed via an old quarry track.
Other interesting places surrounding Llanfairynghornwy include the mill Caerdedog Uchaf 2.5km north east of the village, an ancient monastery 2.5km to the north west and there are several standing stones on the outskirts of the village.
However, the most fascinating thing about Llanfairynghornwy is its mysterious tale about two boys and one smuggler. Long ago in the 1740s, two twins boys were rescued from the sea by smuggler Dannie Lukie, near the rocky islands off Anglesey known as the Skerries. The boys, aged about 11, had dark looks and were believed to be of Spanish descent.
After being rescued, the twins were adopted by a family in Llanfairynghornwy and received the names Evan and Matthew Thomas. Matthew died not long after the rescue but Evan went on to become an excellent healer of broken bones. His family went on to become doctors who helped in the world of orthopaedic medicine, and one of his descendants, Hugh Owen Thomas, helped saved many lives during the First World War by inventing the “Thomas splint”.
Today, the mystery sounding the twins' origins is trying to be resolved through DNA. Dafydd Evans of Moelfre, a descendant of Evan Thomas, has given a mouth swab to Dr James Wilson, a world leader in human genetics, who will then study Evans's Y chromosome and hopes to match it to DNA from other parts of the world. Perhaps the mystery of the two twins will finally be uncovered!
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