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#18 - MAREDUDD BENWYN
 
        Bartrum presents two entirely different pedigrees for this man:
 
        (1)  Maredudd Benwyn ap Gruffudd ap Gronwy ap Gwyn Gwaednerth ap Kuan ap Cadian ap Cadfael Llwydcoed ap Bod Hen ap Brochwel ysgithrog
 
        (2)  Maredudd Benwyn ap Gruffudd ap Ifor ap Iddig ap Gwynwas ap Brochwel ap Aeddan ap Cyngen ap Elisse
 
         His comments on the pedigrees reads:
 
         "Maredudd Benwyn and his brother Llywelyn Benwyn, born c. 1270, were ancestors of families in Arwystli.
 
         "Bod Hen.  From the pedigrees, his birth would be about 1030.  The alternative name, Mathew Hen, given by Dwnn does not appear in earlier authorities"
 
COMMENTS:
 
          The first pedigree is for the brothers Maredudd and Llewelyn, both dubbed "gray-headed", who descended from Bod Hen ap Brochwel but not the 6th century Brochwel Ysgithrog.  "Bod" was a common pet form of Matthew which Dwnn realized and which Bartrum should have admitted.  These brothers were born c. 1260 and their ancestor was Brochwel III ap Aeddan III ap Selyf II ap Brochwel II ap Aeddan II ap Selyf ap Brochwel ap Aeddan ap Cyngen ap Brochwel ap Eliseg ap Gwylog...being the Eliseg of c. 685 commemorated by his 9th century great-grandson, Cyngen ap Cadell, with the Pillar of Eliseg.  We would date the birth of Bod Hen c. 1040.
 
         The second pedigree is for a wholly different man called Maredudd Benwyn, born c. 1265.  The Brochwel in his ancestry was Brochwel IV ap Aeddan IV ap Selyf III ap Brochwel III, continuing as given above.  The two men were related as follows:
 
                                   685  Eliseg
                                             l
                                 715  Brochwel    
                                             l
                                  750  Cyngen*
                                             l
                                  785  Aeddan  
                                             l
                                 820  Brochwel
                                             l
                                   850  Selyf[1]
                                             l
                                 880  Aeddan II
                                             l
                                 910  Brochwel II
                                             l
                                  945  Selyf II
                                             l
                                 975  Aeddan III
                                             l
                               1005  Brochwel III
                    ________________l_______________
                    l                                                 l
      1040  Bod Hen                                1045  Selyf III
                    l                                                 l
       1070  Cadfael                               1075  Aeddan IV
                    l                                                 l
       1100  Cadian                                1110  Brochwel IV
                    l                                                 l
        1135  Cuan                                 1140  Gwenwas
                    l                                                 l
 1170  Gwen Gwaednerth                         1170  Iddig
                    l                                                 l
       1200  Gronwy                                  1200  Ifor
                    l                                                 l
      1230  Gruffudd                               1235  Gruffudd
                    l                                                 l
  1260  Maredudd Benwyn**             1265  Maredudd Benwyn[2]
 
        *Brother of Cadell ap Brochwel, whose son Cyngen erected the Pillar of Eliseg c. 820
          **He had a brother, possibly his twin, called Llewelyn Benwyn 
 
NOTES:
[1]  This Selyf began an oft-repeated string of names when he named one son Aeddan and another Beli.  Each succeeding Selyf also named sons Aeddan and Beli, and both those sons continued the string of male names begun by his same-named ancestor.  However, Selyf IV ap Brochwel IV ended part of the tradition by not naming a son Aeddan.  He did, however, name one son Beli.  Beginning with the earliest Beli ap Selyf, each family headed by a Beli produced descendants called Pasgen ap Gwyn ap Gruffudd ap Beli ap Selyf...finally ending in the 13th century after 4 repetitions
[2]  No family is known to have descended from this man