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Legendary History Prior to 1st Century BC
Beli Mawr and Llyr Llediath in Welsh Pedigrees
The Bartrum "Welsh Genealogies"
Bartrum's "Pedigrees of the Welsh Tribal Patriarchs"
A study in charting medieval citations
The Evolution of the "Padriarc Brenin" Pedigree
Generational Gaps and the Welsh Laws
Minimum Age for Welsh Kingship in the Eleventh Century
The Lands of the Silures
Catel Durnluc aka Cadell Ddyrnllwg
Ancient Powys
The Royal Family of Powys
The Royal Family of Gwynedd
The 5 Plebian Tribes of Wales
Maxen Wledig of Welsh Legend
Maxen Wledig and the Welsh Genealogies
Anwn Dynod ap Maxen Wledig
Constans I and his 343 Visit to Britain
Glast and the Glastening
Composite Lives of St Beuno
Rethinking the Gwent Pedigrees
The Father of Tewdrig of Gwent
Another Look at Teithfallt of Gwent
Ynyr Gwent and Caradog Freich Fras
Llowarch ap Bran, Lord of Menai
Rulers of Brycheiniog - The Unanswered Questions
Lluan ferch Brychan
The Herbert Family Pedigree
Edwin of Tegeingl and his Family
Angharad, Heiress of Mostyn
Ithel of Bryn in Powys
Idnerth Benfras of Maesbrook
Henry, the Forgotten Son of Cadwgan ap Bleddyn
The Muddled Pedigree of Sir John Wynn of Gwydir
The Mysterious Peverel Family
The Clan of Tudor Trevor
The Other "Sir Roger of Powys"
Ancestry of Ieuaf ap Adda ap Awr of Trevor
The Retaking of Northeast Wales
Hedd Molwynog or Hedd ap Alunog of Llanfair Talhearn
"Meuter Fawr" son of Hedd ap Alunog
The Medieval "redating" of Braint Hir
Aaron Paen ap Y Paen Hen
Welsh Claims to Ceri after 1179
The Battle of Mynydd Carn
Trahaearn ap Caradog of Arwystli
Cadafael Ynfyd of Cydewain
Maredudd ap Robert, Lord of Cedewain
Cadwgan of Nannau
Maredudd ap Owain, King of Deheubarth
What Really Happened in Deheubarth in 1022?
Two Families headed by a Rhydderch ap Iestyn
The Era of Llewelyn ap Seisyll
Cynfyn ap Gwerystan, the Interim King
The Consorts and Children of Gruffudd ap Llewelyn
The 1039 Battle at Rhyd y Groes
The First Wife of Bleddyn ap Cynfyn
Hywel ap Gronwy of Deheubarth
The Brief Life of Gruffudd ap Maredudd
The Other Gwenwynwyn
Eunydd son of Gwenllian
Sandde Hardd of Mortyn
The Floruit of Einion ap Seisyllt
The Enigmatic Elystan Glodrydd
Cowryd ap Cadfan of Dyffryn Clwyd
Owain ap Cadwgan and Nest ferch Rhys - An Historic Fiction?
The "sons" of Owain ap Cadwgan ap Bleddyn
The Betrayal by Meirion Goch Revisited
Gwyn Ddistain, seneschal for Llewelyn Fawr
The Men of Lleyn - How They Got There
Trahaearn Goch of Lleyn
Einion vs Iestyn ap Gwrgan - The Conquest of Glamorgan
Dafydd Goch ap Dafydd - His Real Ancestry
Thomas ap Rhodri - Father of Owain "Lawgoch"
The "Malpas" Family in Cheshire
Einion ap Celynin of Llwydiarth
Marchweithian, Lord of Is Aled, Rhufoniog
Osbwrn Wyddel of Cors Gedol
Bradwen of Llys Bradwen in Meirionydd
Ednowain ap Bradwen
Sorting out the Gwaithfoeds
Three Men called Iorwerth Goch "ap Maredudd"
The Caradog of Gwynedd With 3 Fathers
Who Was Sir Robert Pounderling?
Eidio Wyllt - What Was His Birthname?
The Legendary Kingdom of Seisyllwg
The Royal Family of Ceredigion
Llewelyn ap Hoedliw, Lord of Is Cerdin
The Ancestry of Owain Glyndwr
Welsh Ancestry of the Tudor Dynasty
Gruffudd ap Rhys, the Homeless Prince
The Children of Lord Rhys
Maredudd Gethin ap Lord Rhys
The 'Next Heir' of Morgan of Caerleon
Pedigree of the ancient Lords of Ial
The Shropshire Walcot Family
Pedigree of "Ednowain Bendew II"
Pedigree of Cynddelw Gam
                                     FIRST POWYS DYANASY
                                             CHART III
 
                              820  Brochwel ap Aeddan I [1]
            _______________________l___
            l                                         l
855  Gwaeddan                        850  Selyf I
            l                                         l
 890  Rodri                           880  Aeddan II
            l                                         l      
 920 Owain                          910  Brochwel II
           l                  _______________l____________________
           l                  l                          l                              l
955  Iorwerth    945 Selyf II      945  Seisyllt [2]            940  Cadell
           l                  l             ________l_________                l
           l                  l             l                           l                l 970
           l                  l     985 Dau              980 Llewelyn        Nest
           l                  l             =                          l        955   =  
           l                  l    Coel ap Gwrydr    1011 Gruffudd   Gwerystan
           l                  l        CHART I                      l  [3]       ap
990 Gruffudd  975 Aeddan III                     1055  Nest    Gwaethfoed
           l                  l                                        =        CHART II
1025 Meilyr Gryg   Brochwel III 1005       1040 Trahaearn ap   
           l       [4]       l                                    Caradog     
1060  Llewelyn          l_____                           CHART IV              
             l                        l                        
1095  Dyddgu                   l           
             =                       l                     
1080  Rhys Goch ap           l
       Llewelyn Fychan         l 
            CHART I               l
            ________________l______________
            l                                                l
 1035  Sian                                  1040  Selyf III
           =                                                l
   Cadwgan ap Elystan  1020           1075  Aeddan IV
          Glodrudd                                       l
       CHART V                             1110  Brochwel IV
                                                             l
                                                 1145  Selyf IV
                                                             l
                                                  1180  Beli
                                                             l
                                               1215  Gruffudd
                                                             l                        1260
                                               1250  Gwenwys==Alice, dau of
                                                             l           Richard Corbet
                                                 1285  Madog         CHART VIII
                                                             l
                                                 1315  Ieuan
                   ________________________l__
                   l                                         l
      1350  Arddun                       1350  Gruffudd
                  =          1340                        l
  Gruffudd ap Ieuan Lloyd        1385  Sir Gruffudd Fychan[5] ob 1447
          CHART VI                                      l
                 ___________________________l_____
                 l                    l                              l
   1420  Reynold     1415 Gwenhwyfar    1415  Dafydd Lloyd [6]
                 l                     =                            l
                 l       1400 John Forden                     l
                 l               CHART XVII                     l
                 l                     ___________________l_____
                 l                     l                                        l
   1450  Gruffudd [7]        Ales 1440        1450  Dafydd Lloyd Fychan
               =     1465            =                                     l
(1) Elisabeth Plowden       John Walcot 1425        1485  Oliver 
(2) Isabel Plowden 1465      CHART I                              l
      CHART XIII                                             1515  Richard
                                                                               l
                                                               1550  Richard Lloyd
                                                                              =
                                                              1560  Magaret, dau of
                                                                       John Newton
                                                                           CHART XII
 
The Charts cross-referenced above can be seen by clicking on the appropriate links which follow the notes below
 
NOTES:
[1]  This family descended from Cadell Ddyrnllwg of c. 380 and Brochwel Ysgithrog of c. 510 and it included Cyngyn ap Cadell who erected the Pillar of Eliseg in the early 800's  In 1063, its rule in Powys was ended by the usurping sons of Cynfyn, Rhiwallon and Bleddyn
[2]  While the ancestry of Llewelyn ap Seisyllt is nowhere cited, events make it fairly certain he was descended from the ruling Powys family; Seisyllt was probably the next eldest brother when Cadell ap Brochwel died without sons c. 1005.  His only daughter married Gwerystan and was the mother of Cynfyn
[3]  Gruffudd ap Llewelyn became king of Powys in 1039, took Gwynedd by killing its king the same year and by 1056 he ruled every territory in Wales.  When he was slain in 1063, his sons Maredudd and Ithel were about 22/23 years old and too young to claim his kingdom.  Edward the Confessor of England installed Rhiwallon ap Cynfyn as king of Powys and his brother Bleddyn as king of Gwynedd.  In 1069, the two sons of Gruffudd attempted to unseat the sons of Cynfyn and both died as a result of that battle.  The rule of the First Powys dynasty ended with those men, replaced by Bleddyn ap Cynfyn (Rhiwallon was also killed in the same battle).  Nest, the daughter of Gruffudd, was by his second wife Editha and half a generation younger than her half-brothers.  Editha was a sister of Earl Aelfgar of Mercia, who allied with Gruffudd ap Llewelyn in the 1050's; she remarried Harold Godwinson after 1063
[4] Meilyr Gryg was the first of that name (5 generations later c. 1180 there was another Meilyr usually called Gryg although probably in error) and resided at Gregynog in the parish of Tregynon in Cydewain.  His 15th century descendant, Evan Blayney, still held that manor and was about the same age as Sir Gruffudd Fychan; they occur together on a 1406 list of burgesses of Welshpool cited in Dwnn i, 312
[5]  Sir Gruffudd Fychan was descended from the senior line of his family and may well have told Henry Grey (who was descended from Bleddyn ap Cynfyn and who held the title Lord of Powys) that the title should have been his by birthright since Henry's ancestor was a mere usurper.  Grey summarily executed Sir Gruffudd Fychan in 1447 and claimed it was because the latter supported the house of York
[6]  Most authorities believe Dafydd Lloyd was the eldest son of Sir Gruffudd Fychan. Ales was a base daughter, born before he married.  Although Lloyd was only his nickname, his son Dafydd took it as a surname.
[7]  Gruffudd ap Reynold ap Sir Gruffudd Fychan probably only married one of these Plowden ladies.  The Cedwyn Ms of 1633 says he married Elisabeth, daughter of Humphrey Plowden by whom he had a daughter Marged.  The 1623 Visitation of Shropshire, pp 87 says he married Isabel, daughter of Edward Plowden by whom he had a daughter Alice.  But both sources say the daughter he had by a Plowden lady married Dafydd Lloyd ap Dafydd ap Matthew ap Cadwaladr (who descended from a brother of Gwenwys ap Gruffudd in the above chart).  We date the marriage to a Plowden lady to c. 1478 and assign to it two daughters and two sons.  However, about 1484 Gruffudd ap Reynold married the widowed Jois ferch Owain ap Evan Blayney and had by her a daughter Sissely c. 1485.  That lady married Robert Porter son of Richard whose pedigree dates him to c. 1470.  The first husband of Jois ferch Owain was Dafydd ap Matthew ap Cadwaladr mentioned just above.
 
SOURCES:
[1] Dwnn i, 299; Dwnn ii, 23: for the ancestry of Meilyr Gryg
[2] Dwnn i, 313; Dwnn 11, 152: for the marriage of Sian ferch Brochwel ap Aeddan
[3] Cedwyn Ms of 1633 for the ancestry of Sir Gruffudd Fychan
[4] Montgomeryshire Collections, vol vi. pp 81 for the marriage of Gwenwys to Alice Corbet
[5] ibid and Visitation of Shropshire 1623, pp 87 for the marriage of Gruffudd ap Reynold to a Plowden lady or ladies
[6] Montgomeryshire Collections, vol vi, pp 128 for the marriage of Richard Lloyd to Margaret Newton
[7] Dwnn ii, 107 for the marriage of Nest ferch Gruffudd ap Llewelyn to Trahaearn ap Caradog
[8] Dwnn i, 310 for the marriage of Nest ferch Cadell ap Brochwel ap Aeddon to Gwerystan ap Gwaethfoed
[9] Visitation of Worcester, pp 79 for the marriage of Gwenhwyfar ferch Sir Gruffudd Fychan to John Forden
 
 

CHART I

CHART II

CHART IV

CHART V

CHART VI

CHART VIII

CHART XII

CHART XIII

CHART XVII