PAPERS DISCUSSING THE DYNASTIC FAMILY OF GWYNEDD
Meirion Meirionydd "grandson" of Cunedda
Argues why the chronology and the text of Harleian
Ms 3859 identify Meirion as the youngest son of Cunedda, not a son of Tybion ap Cunedda as most claim
Gwron, son of Cunedda
Seeks to explain why no son of Cunedda of this name
appears in the earliest lists and suggests Gwron is actually a corrupt form of "y wyrion"
Maelgwn Gwynedd, the Dragon of Anglesey
A brief biography of this 6th century king built around
the accounts of Gildas, in which we seek to identify the men and ladies mentioned but not named by this contemporary writer.
Included is a suggested scenerio of his early life, together with reasons why we believe he was merely an interim king of
Ancestry of Cynan Tyndaethwy
Points to the chronological improbability that Cynan
was a direct descendant of Maelgwn Gwynedd and suggests his actual descent from Cunedda was through Owain Ddantgwyn,
the uncle of Maelgwn
Governance of Gwynedd, 754-825
Gives examples of how the early historians expanded
the terse events recorded in the Brut y Tywysygion with pure conjecture, resulting in a muddled picture of the manner in which
the new Gwynedd dynasty of Merfyn Frych supplanted that descended from Cunedda
History of Gruffudd ap Cynan - A New Perspective
Applies chronological analysis to the ancient manuscript
Gruffud vab Kenan vab Yago" to ask a new question:
"Was the subject of the work a single man born c. 1055 and died in 1137, or two entirely different but related men with
the patronymic names Gruffudd ap Cynan?"
The Unofficial History of Gruffudd nephew of Iago
A follow-up to the above paper which outlines a speculative
series of events which may have concerned an earlier Gruffudd ap Cynan, the nephew of Iago ap Idwal, if he were
an historic figure separate from the better-known Gruffudd ap Cynan, grandson of Iago ap Idwal.
The Children of Gruffudd, Nephew of Iago
Discusses each of the children attributed to Gruffudd
ap Cynan and attempts to assign each to the correct man of that name. Both men of this name had sons called Cadwaladr
and Cadwallon and a daughter named Gwenllian, born a generation apart.
Who was Maredudd ap Cynan?
Dispells the notion this man was the son of the mid-12th
century Cynan ap Owain Gwenydd by securely dating him at least 80 years earlier, and suggests he was actually a
brother of Gruffudd ap Cynan nephew of Iago.
In Search of Gwgan Gleddyfrudd
Posits that the man of this name found in pedigree
material was the son of the 9th century Caradog Freich Fras of Rhos, not a shadowy 6th century figure whom some call a son
of Caradog Freich Fras of Ewias and Gwent and others place at the 613 Battle of Chester
Pasgen ap "Urien Rheged" Lord of Gower
Shows why this Pasgen was born c. 850 and was NOT
a son of the 6th century Urien ap Cynfarch Oer of the Men of the North, suggests the reasons for that false attribution, and
offers a better guess as to his identification.
Ancient Lordship of Gower
Describes the ancient Gower as the same kingdom in
Ystrad Tywy some wrongfully call "Rheged" and attempts to answer the question "why would a man of Rhos in Gwynedd be not only
welcomed into south Wales, but be granted a Lordship?"
Einion ap Llywarch of Carmarthenshire
Argues that the descendants of Pasgen ap Urien in
south Wales included multiple men named Einion ap Llywarch, one of which was the ancester of Sir Rhys ap Thomas
Wikipedia's Lame Biography of Rhodri Mawr
A brief critique meant to debunk much of what is commonly
claimed about Rhodri ap Merfyn Frych, the 9th century King of Gwynedd. The referenced biography repeats the myths and
conjecture of medieval authors whose Gwynedd bias virtually deified Rhodri.