The Conway family crest had a Blackamoor in it, hence the busts on the gateposts.
Anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the vicinity of Plas yn Llan, or who may know of the whereabouts of the Blackamoor busts is asked to contact Sgt Mavis Evans at Ruthin Police Station on 101, or 0845 6071001 (Welsh line), 0845 6071002 (English line) or Crimestoppers Wales on 0800 555111.
From a Blackamoor
salvaged from the Breakers in Palm Beach to a castanet dancer, a Nubian and a chartreuse seahorse ("Isn't it horrible?
Gold lame, chains, jewels, fur - Holy War crusaders and enough Blackamoors
to represent all the tribes of Africa.
By 1597 the Privy Council was attempting to export "slaves" to Portugal and Spain, and by 1599 and 1601, the slave trade had been substantial enough that Queen Elizabeth now issued proclamations actually decrying "the great numbers of Negroes and blackamoors
You couldn't get grander than these gold and black polished bronze blackamoors
with music," reads the stage direction in act 5, scene 2 of Love's Labors Lost.
He reminded the original audiences of the shameful fact that a good many of their contemporaries indulged in keeping blackamoors
as bondmen and purchased slaves.
Botolph (96) and in 1597 the adult baptism and conversion to Protestantism of a Mary Phyllis, the daughter of Moroccans, at that same church (91); the death in the summer of 1588 of "A man blackamoor
[who] laye in the street" (96); the physician Simon Forman's diagnosis of "Polonia the blackmor maid .