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As there is no such thing as a Little Lord Fourtenroy, do-it-yourself kit, it is up to me to formulate my own background. This may be difficult as my Welsh, quarrymen ancestors may be considered of implausible aristocratic lineage. Neither would our two bedroom, grey, slate roofed cottage with outside toilet near Blaenau Ffestiniog, be confused for a country seat.
However, I did have a recent near relation in business, albeit a butcher’s shop in Carnarvon and with a little decoration, I can portray this long dead uncle as having been something in the City. In certain extenuating circumstances I believe being in business is acceptable to the Noblesse Oblige, especially so when they are in need of cash to repair a two hundred and fifty year old roof or renew the eleven lavatories of a dilapidated manor house.
Not being one to be deterred by facts, I will simplify a make-over of my past family history. Having long, long, gone family member who saw military service in India, I have the notion of passing uncle Llewellyn off as a brigadier, although I doubt he, having been obliged to volunteer or go to jail for sheep stealing, attained any rank other than that of private.
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