Joseph cosslett obituary


From the South Wales Echo and Express, Friday, January 9, 1931


Death of Mr. Joseph Cosslett at 90.

The death has taken place in his ninety-first year of Mr. Joseph Cosslett, the oldest member of the Cosslett family, of South Wales, whose forebears were heirs to the Throne of Scotland.

Mr. Cosslett, who lived at Lockwith Road, Canton, Cardiff, was for half a century foreman for Messrs. Budd and Company, coal exporters and pitwood importers, Cardiff.

He leaves one daughter, four sons, 29 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Cosslett in his younger days was an athlete of no mean prowess, and for years was a keen supporter of the Cardiff Rugby Club, for whom his son, Mr. William Cosslett, of Barry Dock, played.

A grandson is Mr. Bert Cosslett, an active official with Cardiff Wednesday League, and the local baseball association.

Descendant of Prince.

Mr. Joseph Cosslett belonged to the family of blacksmith Cosletts, well-known in Glamorgan and Monmouthshire for centuries.

According to historical records, the first Cosslett was a Scottish Prince, and heir to the Scottish Throne.  He was supposed to have left the shores of his fathers, sailed up the Bristol Channel and made a landing at the Old Canal Dock--then the only available entrance to Cardiff.

He is said to have made his way up to Machen, where he pitched his tent, and after a while made a start with the iron ore to be found there.  He laid the foundations of the Machen Works.

The Cossletts have worked with iron ever since, and can claim a century of two of blacksmiths.

Mr. Joseph Cosslett’s father lived at Michaelstone-y-Vedw, and could go back some 300 years in the family history.  He often spoke of the famous blacksmith Cosslett of Castleton, who had been known to leave his smitty, with his apron tucked around his waist, and mount the pulpit to preach in the village Calvinistic Methodist Church.

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