Hywel Sele

By Unknown – 1889 lithograph in the book “A Legend of Merioneth”

In 1402 Hywel Sele, owner of the Nannau estate in north Wales, sided against is cousin, Owain Glyndwr, who was leading a rebellion against King Henry IV.

The two men agreed to hunt together in the hope of reconciliation but during the hunt Sele attempted to shoot Glyndwr with his bow. He failed and Glyndwr killed him with his sword and the buried his body in an old oak tree – only divulging what he had done on his death bed.

The old oak become known in legend as “The Hollow Tree of the Ghost”.