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Philosophically she accepted her friend’s good fortune in capturing the gallant Major, but her staunch resolutions were severely put to the test when Etta’s pompous brother, Hussey, called at Hendrefoilan to convey the news of the forthcoming marriage. Henry Hussey Vivian was the eldest of the three sons of John Henry Vivian whom Amy’s father had succeeded as Member of Parliament for Swansea. Hussey and his father had built up the Vivian Copper Works in the Hafod district of Swansea into one of the greatest industrial enterprises in the country and Hussey, besides being one of the largest employers of labour in south Wales, was also one of the two Members for the County of Glamorgan.
Lewis Weston once more came to the rescue by offering his younger son a large plot of land at Hendrefoilan in the gentle hills above his own Sketty Hall. By the early 1850s Lewis had sold off his financial interest in the potteries in order to provide himself with some ready money with which to buy a home; and so he was delighted to accept his father’s offer of the Hendrefoilan site and begin building a fine mansion (at a cost of some £14,000) that would finally do justice to his social status.
But her real favourite was her brother Harry, just two years her senior but like most boys far less mature than his sisters. He shared with her in all sorts of exciting games, romping through the extensive woodland around the house, organizing moth-hunting expeditions by candle-light, and invariably giving Amy the excuse to get blissfully wet and muddy and generally act the tomboy role which came so naturally to her. Harry for his part, having no brothers, treated her as though she were just another boy as eager as he was for every ounce of fun possible.
Amy Dillwyn by David Painting