Mountain name is changed
26th September 2009
A mountain in Wales used to be named Carnedd Uchaf but now it’s called Carnedd Gwenllian. It’s official.
The name change is in honour of a Welsh Princess from the 13th century who can now rest in peace with her ancestors who have nearby peaks named after them.
Her mother died giving birth to her birth and she spent most of her life confined in a monastery after her father was killed in battle in 1282. She was taken prisoner by the English and locked in a monastery. She remained there all her life and died there, aged 53, in 1337.
Her mother, uncle and father have peaks named after them in Snowdonia and now an historical society has petitioned to change the name of a peak to remember her.
However changing the name of a mountain is not a simple process.
The ordinance survey had to agree to the name change after consultation with the National Trust and the Snowdonia National Park Authority.
Name changes have to be carefully considered as, apart form anything else, the emergency and rescue services use the name in operations.
Agreement was reached and the name has now been officially made.