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Auguste Guyard


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Acknowledgements



I would like to thank Monsieur Georges Rech, Director of the Archives départementales de la Haute-Saône for providing the above picture of Auguste Guyard.



Grave location, Site and Plaque

In one of the walls of a narrow path above the cottages of old Barmouth is a metal plaque honouring Auguste Guyard and marking his grave. Often referred to as "The Frenchman" in the Barmouth that I gew up in, Monsieur Guyard, an educationalist and philosopher, fled the seige of Paris during the Franco-Prussian war and became the tenant of one of the Fanny Talbot cottages, 2, Rock Gardens, at the invitation of Mrs. Talbot.

M. Guyard had attempted to create a 'commune modele' in his home village of Frotey-Les-Vesoul (Haute-Saône), where he was born in 1808. His aims closely resembled those of John Ruskin. He  became a popular figure in Barmouth and grew herbs and vegetables in the terraced gardens of 'The Rock' as well as medicinal plants to help the poor. He also had a way with animals and tamed a hawk and a Jackdaw. His grave (He died in 1882) lies above the cottages in Barmouth with an inscription in French, Welsh and English which reads:

"Here lodged a sower who
To his grave, sowed the seeds
Of truth, of right, of beauty, 
With obsession.

In a thousand struggles
With pen and body
Such labours are not rewarded
In this world."


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