Friday, August 13, 1999 Published at 19:22 GMT 20:22 UK
Salesman lays claim to island crown
The island's last ruler King Horace Love Pritchard
A furniture salesman is laying claim to the crown of a tiny island in north Wales.
Bardsey Island, which is overseen by the Bardsey Island Trust, measures two miles by one mile and has just five residents, including a shepherd and a nun.
"My grandfather was an only son, as was my father, and so am I," he says.
"My sisters heard that Bardsey Island Trust was planning to give the title to Bryn Terfel and we felt we had to take action to let people know that the family had not died out."
"The crown is in the Liverpool Maritime Museum and we have been assured it will not be leaving the museum," he said.
"I'm not particularly worried about Bryn Terfel being given some other title with a crown from another source, but I do object to the implication that the family has died out.
"We are still going strong as people would have found out if they had checked the records."
But his claim to the succession has been treated with scepticism by Bardsey Island Trust's director Simon Glyn.
Mr Glyn said he had been overwhelmed by people claiming they were related to the king.
"I'm sure most of them are very sincere people and I'm sure they have a history of living on the island."
However he did say he would be contacting Mr Pritchard to research his ancestral claims.