William Edward Julian Cayo-Evans
Glandenys, in the Parish of Silian.
An extraordinary man.
William Julian Cayo-Evans, or 'Cayo' as he was always known, was
born at home on the 22nd April, 1937 in the mansion 'Glandenys'.
The house was bought by his parents, John Cayo-Evans of Caio, Carmarthenshire
& Freda Cayo-Evans (nee Cluneglas of Cellan, Cardiganshire), in
Cayo was well educated, at Millfield and Cirencester. It was here
he found his calling both politically and professionally. He grew
to be a colourful, confident character with a great love of horses.
He was later to become a renowned breeder of Welsh Cobs, and also
farmed Welsh Black Cattle.
Cayo married Gillianne Mary Davies, of Llangeitho, Cardiganshire
in 1965. They had three children but eventually divorced in 1975.
Being a bit of a 'ladies man', he had a further five children.
Dreaming Of Freedom.
Cayo was conscripted into the British Army aged 18,
and served actively in Malaya. This experience coupled with a fascination
with politics inspired by a Polish man who taught him at Millfield,
embittered him towards the British Government and their manhandling
This ultimately led to his involvement in and the formation of 'The
Free Wales Army', with Cayo speaking out at its head, wearing uniforms
and publicly showing a body of resistance in Wales. With other groups,
they were active for a short period in the 1960's, with a campaign
that shook Britain.
Someone had to be made an example of...
After a lengthy trial in 1969 just prior to the investiture
of Prince Charles, Cayo was jailed for thirteen months with two
other members, Dennis Coslett and Gethyn Ap Iestyn. Imprisoned for
trumped up public order offenses, they suffered cruel & degrading
treatment as category A political prisoners, and were confined in
solitary at length.
Cayo's Funeral, April 1995
The book about
The Free Wales Army
'To Dream Of Freedom'
by Roy Clews.
All Books available
from 'Y Lolfa'.
Books by Dennis Coslett
'Patriots And Scoundrels'
Julian Cayo-Evans,March 1995
Cayo died at home on March 28th, 1995. There was a
huge gathering at the church and a wave of sadness amongst many
of the Welsh peoples. There are songs about him, the book; and here
and there 'Cofia Cayo' is to be seen painted in his memory. He is
much missed, for his fiery idealism and for his charismatic presence
as a person.
Dennis Coslett, May 2004
Dennis died peacefully after battling cancer on May
20th 2004. He was buried with great dignity in Hendy, Llanelli.
His grieving family and we, his friends, are all devastated by our
Fe Godwn Ni Eto... We Shall Rise Again
Cayo and his old F.W.A. friends gathered every year:
To pay homage to the last Prince of Wales, reminisce, and to have
some fun together. They would march to the stone, make fiery speeches,
return to the 'Prince of Wales' pub in Cilmeri, and share a glass
or two. There was no official gathering in the past, but nowadays
there is a charming service and a solemn and respectful gathering.
Cayo, Dennis & Neil Siencins at Cilmeri, the
Stone erected in memory of the last Prince of Wales - Llywelyn 'Ein
The 'Cayo Arms', Cardiff
The Cayo Arms
There is a public house named after Cayo in Cardiff,
the capital of Wales. 'The Cayo Arms' opened in 2000 by an old friend
has won prizes for the best beer in Cardiff. There is also a beer
named after him, 'Cwrw Cayo' which is to be found locally during
the most famous festival of bards in Wales, the 'Eisteddfod', and
at other festivals throughout Wales.
If you ever come to Wales, be sure to raise a glass to this man,
Cayo-Evans; in 'The Cayo Arms', Cathedral Rd, Cardiff, or better
yet, in any of Cardiganshire's fine drinking establishments; especially
a St.David's Day Holiday?