National Geographic : 1923 Dec
Photograph by Robert Reid HARLECH CASTLE, ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE BAY FROM CRICCIETH This magnificent fortress, on a cliff overhanging a stretch of marshy land, was built by Edward I inthe thirteenth century (see text, page 644). It was made famous in 1468. Dafydd ap Einion, a soldier of spectacular bravery attached to the HouseofLancaster, when called upon tosurrender the castle to the Earl of Pembroke, replied by messenger: "Tell your leader that some years ago I heldacastle inFrance for the king solong that all the old women in Wales talked of it; and now I intend to hold this Welsh castle until all the old women ofFrance shall talk ofit." The hardships suffered by his garrison, which was finally starved into submission, are said to have inspired the famous national song, "March ofthe Men ofHarlech." A fine view of the Snowdon hills can be had from its walls.