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Back at Parkwern, with an audience of enthralled grandchildren, Sir Henry’s vivid account of his role in quelling the riot-that-never-was would have lost nothing in the telling. Both of Amy’s grandfathers were major figures in the scientific world of the 1840s and attracted to Swansea some of the leading savants of the period, all of whom helped to furnish for the young Dillwyn family a cultural environment that could hardly have been bettered anywhere in the country. At the end of 1847 grandfather Dillwyn was working hard to organize the detailed preparations for the British Association Meeting in Swansea, but on hearing some disturbing news about his beloved little Amy, he spent some of his valuable time checking that all was well at Parkwern.
She had gone to her uncle John at Penllergaer having left Hendrefoilan with the thought that she would be a different woman when the time came to return as Mrs Llewellyn Thomas. But first she had to visit her grandmother at Sketty Hall and accompany Bessie to the little village of Killay to say goodbye to her Sunday School class with a feast of tea and cakes which the children greatly appreciated. When she sat in her bedroom for the last time in her old role as spinster schoolmarm she felt a strong sense of regret mixed with anticipation.
Indd 23 12/08/2013 16:17:03 all Johnny Nicholl’s numerous relatives. Amy thus looked forward to a wedding in the spring. Everything proceeded according to plan until Christmas when the first ill omen appeared. On 26 December Amy heard that Llewellyn’s father had died of a heart attack at Dover on Christmas Eve while travelling to Paris on business. This was a major setback for Amy because apart from the personal loss the death of her future father-in-law meant that all her wedding arrangements had to be postponed for several weeks in observance of the usual period of family mourning.
Amy Dillwyn by David Painting