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Casson Family in North Wales, The - A Story of Slate and More...

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  • Casson Family in North Wales, The - A Story of Slate and More...
  • ISBN: 9781845242947
  • Diana Devlin
  • Publication May 2019
  • Format: Paperback, 216x138 mm, 384 pages
In 1800, two brothers, William and Thomas Casson, arrived in Ffestiniog from the Lake District, with their friend William Turner. They had bought the first slate quarry there. From early struggles they turned it into a thriving business.

Author Biography:
Diana Devlin was born in her grandfather's house, at Bron y Garth, Porthmadog. She studied English at Girton College, Cambridge, and was later a Fulbright scholar at the University of Minnesota, from where she holds a doctorate in Theatre Arts. For most of her career, she has lectured and written on theatre and drama. She wrote a biography of her grandfather: A Speaking Part: Lewis Casson and the Theatre of His Time and that inspired her to explore his Welsh roots.

Further Information:
For four generations, and 150 years, the Casson family lived in North Wales, spreading from Ffestiniog, to Porthmadog, Pwllheli and Denbigh. This book traces their fascinating history, showing how they affected, and were affected by their adopted country, moving on from slate to banking, the law, music, soldiering and finally, theatre. The early history of the slate industry in Snowdonia is intertwined with the family's history.