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This website contains over five thousand concise biographies of individuals who have made a significant contribution to national life, whether in Wales or more widely.

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John Ystumllyn (d. 1786)

John Ystumllyn

John Ystumllyn is the earliest black person in Wales whose biography can be written. He was kidnapped as a boy in Africa, or possibly the West Indies, and brought up by the Wynn family of Ystumllyn, Cricieth, where he worked as a gardener. He learnt Welsh and English and became a respected member of the local community.

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