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LLYWELYN Dafydd Ap
Male Abt 1209 - 1246


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  • Birth  Abt 1209  Of Caernarvonshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  25 Feb 1246 
    Notes 
    • ***1. "The Mammoth Book of British Kings and Queens" by Mike Ashley, Carroll
      & Graf Pub., Inc. New York, 1998 "The Early Welsh Kingdoms Gwynedd".
      ***2. David Walker, "Medieval Wales," Cambridge University Press, 1990:
      ***3. Flame-Bearers of Welsh History, "The Sons of Cunedda" by Owen
      Rhoscomyl, School Edition, 1905 The Welsh Ed. Pub. Co. Merthry Rydfil, part
      one, p. 177 XLIX, THE RISE OF LLYWELYN III, Llywelyn's son that reigned
      after him was no Llywelyn. His grandson was, however, in action as well as
      in name.
      We need not trouble about Llywelyn's son Davydd, who succeeded to the
      crown. First and last there have been three Davydds, prince of Gwynedd.
      Every one of them brought Calamity to Cymru.
      It was by a most strange and wonderful occurrence that this particular
      Davydd lived to become the curse of his country. One day, when he was a
      baby, his foster mother left him asleep on the bed, and went out of the
      chamber, leaving his father's gallant hound, Celart, lying at the foot of
      the bed, as a guard while she was gone.
      Presently in came a great grey wolf to devour the baby. Up sprang Celart.
      With bristles up, fangs bare, and eyes on fire, he flew upon the terrible
      beast. On the bed, on the floor, over and over and under they rolled and
      fought, locked in the death-struggle. They baby Davydd, tangled in the
      bedclothes, was pushed off the bed to the floor, but still the grim battle
      went on.
      p 178 It was under the bed it ended at last, and from there Celart
      crawled, his jaws red with blood, leaving the wolf dead behind him. Then he
      lay down again, beside the tangled heap of bedclothes under which the baby
      was hidden, guarding his charge still till some one should come.
      It was Llywelyn who came. He looked upon the bed for his little son and
      saw that he was gone. He looked in fierce fear round the room and saw no
      sign of Davydd. He looked upon the faithful hound and saw his jaws all red
      with blood. At once his fear believed that Celart had eaton the baby, and
      with that thought he flashed out his sword and ran it through the brave and
      loyal creature...Poor Celart's dying howl rang through the chamber till it
      waked the little one beneath the heap of clothes, and its cry of fright came
      to its fathers ears. hastily he stooped and found it, and as he stooped he
      saw, too, the body of the dead wolf. Then he understood what had happened,
      and turned in swift grief to Celart. But it was too late; Celart was dying.
      Llywelyn buried poor Celart with many a sign of grief for what he had
      done. The grave is yonder yet in the place that is called Beddgelart after
      it. No one knows the grave of Davydd, neither is any placed called after his
      name. But the bards as well as the princes remember Celart, and in an old
      manuscript of 1591 there is still to be seen an englyn, or verse, about him.
      Alas that so true and brave a creature should have died for saving so
      worthless a prince.
      Davydd reigned six years only, but in those six years he brought to the
      ground the strong Cymru which his great father had built up, dying and
      leaving it desolate beneath the heel of Henry III. Let be his epitaph.
      But Davydd was not the only son of Llywelyn. There had been another,
      Gruffydd, a handsome giant of a prince, born of a Cymric Mother. Llywelyn
      had weighed his two sons in his mind as to which would be the better ruler
      for the land. Davydd's mother was sister of the King of England - surely the
      King of England would be less the enemy of his nephew than of Gruffydd. So
      thought Llywelyn, and accordingly he made Davydd his heir; the one tragic
      mistake which undid all that he had accomplished in his own strenuous life.
      Gruffydd, with his turbulent valour, could not have brought his country
      lower than his brother's smoothness brought it. He might have saved it.
      Davydd had handed over his brother Gruffydd to the King of England as a
      prisoner. The king sent him to the Tower of London. One night Gruffydd made
      a rope of his clothes and began to let himself down out of his window to
      escape. The rope broke, and Gruffydd was killed, his neck being broken by
      the fall. But he left four sons, Owen, Llywelyn, Davydd and Rhodri.
      Owen and Llywelyn seized the crown of Gwynedd between them when their
      uncle Davydd died. Now King Henry claimed all the land as his own, for,
      amongst the rest of Davydd's doings, he had agreed that, if he died
      childless, Henry should be his heir and take the country. It would be hard
      to find words severe enough to describe such a transaction as that.
      ***5. The History of the Gwydir Family" written by Sir John Wynne, Knt. and
      Bart, ut creditur & Patet. Oswestry, 1878, Prince David began his reign in
      1240 d =
      d= d. = Prince David, &c =
      |
      Ellis ap Jer = Agnes
      Werth ap
      Owen Bro.
      Gyntyn.

      > he is father of :
      > 1.Agnes ferch Dafydd
      ***The History of the Gwydir Family" written by Sir John Wynne, Knt. and
      Bart, ut creditur & Patet. Oswestry, 1878, d. = Prince David, &c =
      |
      Ellis ap Jer = Agnes
      Werth ap
      Owen Bro.
      Gyntyn.

      > married Elise ap Iorwerth ab Owain Brogyntyn
      ***"Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families" by John Edwards
      Griffith, 1914 ed., p. 376 Goronwy Llwyd ap Y Penwyn, of Bettws living 1356
      = Leuki d. and h's of Madog ap Elisse ap Iorwerth ap Owen Brogyntyn.

      > parents of Madog ab Elise
      ***"Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families" by John Edwards
      Griffith, 1914 ed., p. 217 Griffith = Eva d. and co-h's of Madog ap Ellis,
      of Cryniarth, in Edernion
      p. 376 Goronwy Llwyd ap Y Penwyn, of Bettws living 1356 = Leuki d. and h's
      of Madog ap Elisse ap Iorwerth ap Owen Brogyntyn.

      > married (?) NN
      > parents of Efa ferch Madog
      ***"Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families" by John Edwards
      Griffith, 1914 ed., p. 217 Griffith = Eva d. and co-h's of Madog ap Ellis,
      of Cryniarth, in Edernion
      p. 279 Gruffydd ob 1399 - Eva d. and h's of Madog ap Ellis sister to
      Llewelyn, Bishop of St. Asaph 1357 - 1375.

      > married Gruffudd ap Llewelyn ap Cynwrig
      ***"Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families" by John Edwards
      Griffith, 1914 ed., p. 217 Griffith = Eva d. and co-h's of Madog ap Ellis,
      of Cryniarth, in Edernion
      p. 279 Gruffydd ob 1399 - Eva d. and h's of Madog ap Ellis sister to
      Llewelyn, Bishop of St. Asaph 1357 - 1375
      p. 282 1st Robert ap Robin ap Gruffydd Goch, Lord of Rhos = Lowry, sold h's
      = 2nd Gruffydd ap Einion, of Gwyddelwern, ap Gruffydd ap Llewelyn ap Cynwrig
      ap Osborn Wyddel p. 279.

      > parents of Einion ap Gruffudd
      ***Welsh Founder of Penn. P. 98, by Allen Glenn Vol. I, 1911. Son of Thomas
      ap John Wynne, of Bron Vadog, in the parish of Ysceifiog, Flintshire.
      ***"Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families" by John Edwards
      Griffith, 1914 ed., p. 217 Einion, living Oct 15, 1380 = Tanglwst, d. of
      Rhydderch ap Evan Lloyd of Gogerddan, co. Cardigan
      p. 234 Morris, of Clenenney, bestowed upon him by Rhys ap Dicws Foel, his
      foster-father, living 1511 = Catherine, d. of Eliza ap Gruffydd ap Einion,
      of Gwyddelwern. [in some books Angharad]
      p. 279 Einion, H.S.M. 1351-59 = Tanglwst, d. of Rhydderch ap Evan Llwyd ap
      Evan ap Gruffydd Foel ap Gruffydd ap Cadivor ap Gwaithfoed.
      p. 282 1st Robert ap Robin ap Gruffydd Goch, Lord of Rhos = Lowry, sold h's
      = 2nd Gruffydd ap Einion, of Gwyddelwern, ap Gruffydd ap Llewelyn ap Cynwrig
      ap Osborn Wyddel p. 279.

      > married Tangwystl ferch
      Rhydderch ap Ieuan Llwyd
      >
      > 2.Llywelyn ap Dafydd
      ***Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families" by John Edwards
      Griffith, 1914 ed.,
      p. 169, Dafydd Goch, of Penllech, living 1324 = Mawd, d. of Llewelyn ap
      Dafydd Llwyd ap Llewelyn, from Iorwerth Drwyndwn. p. 230,
      p. 272 Dafydd Goch, of Penllech Abbot of Barsey living 1324 = Mawd, d. of
      Llewelyn ap Dafydd Lloyd ap Llewelyn ap Dafydd ap Llewelyn ap Iorwerth
      Drwyndwn p. 169

      > married (?) NN
      > parents of Cynwrig ap Llywelyn
      > married Angharad ferch Thomas ap Gwion
      > parents of Dafydd Llwyd ap Cynwrig
      ***Plas Mawr, Conway, N. Wales" by Arthur Baker and Herbert Baker - 1888 pg.
      30 & 31 shows a pedigree of Robert Wynne.
      > married Annes ferch Gwyn ap Madog
      > parents of Mawd ferch Dafydd Llwyd
      ***"Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families" by John Edwards
      Griffith, 1914 ed., p. 168 Dafydd Goch = Maud d. of Dafydd Lloyd ap
      Llewelyn, from Iorwerth Drwyn dwn.
      p. 169 Dafydd Goch, of Penllech, living 1324 = Mawd, d. of Llewelyn ap
      Dafydd Llwyd ap Llewelyn, from Iorwerth Drwyndwn. p. 230
      p. 272 Dafydd Goch, of Penllech Abbot of Barsey living 1324 = Mawd, d. of
      Llewelyn ap Dafydd Lloyd ap Llewelyn ap Dafydd ap Llewelyn ap Iorwerth
      Drwyndwn p. 169.

      > married Dafydd Goch ap
      Trahearn Goch ap Madog
      ***"Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families" by John Edwards
      Griffith, 1914 ed., p. 168 Dafydd Goch = Maud d. of Dafydd Lloyd ap
      Llewelyn, from Iorwerth Drwyn dwn.
      p. 169, Dafydd Goch, of Penllech, living 1324 = Mawd, d. of Llewelyn ap
      Dafydd Llwyd ap Llewelyn, from Iorwerth Drwyndwn. p. 230,
      p. 272 Dafydd Goch, of Penllech Abbot of Barsey living 1324 = Mawd, d. of
      Llewelyn ap Dafydd Lloyd ap Llewelyn ap Dafydd ap Llewelyn ap Iorwerth
      Drwyndwn p. 169
      p. 280 Meredydd, of Cefn y fan, living 26 Edward III = Morfydd, d. of Evan
      ap Dafydd ap Trahaiarn Goch, ob. 1416.
      p. 396, Dafydd Goch, of Penllech, Abbot of Barsey, Living Nov. 9, 1324. p.
      272.
      ***Peerage and Baronetage, Wynn p. 2373, Meredith ap Howel, who was living
      26th Edward III. He m. Morvydd dau of Ievan ap David ap Traheyarn Goch. of
      the Royal line of South Wales, and was s. by his eldest son Robert ap
      Meredith.
      ***The History of the Gwydir Family" written by Sir John Wynne, Knt. and
      Bart, ut creditur & Patet. Oswestry, 1878, p. 30 Of Jevan ap Eingan his
      brother are descended very many gentlemen of principall account in the
      county of Carnarvon. Howell3 begate Meredith and David; Meredith ap Howell4
      dwelled in Evioneth at his houses Keffin y fan, and Keselgiffarch, and David
      ap Howell in Llanrwst in Denbigh land, at his house called Henblas in
      Maethebroyd. Meredith ap Howell maried Morvydd the daughter of Jevan ap
      David ap Trahayarn goch of Llun, who was descended of the house of Rys ap
      Teudwr. In the extent of North Wales, made in the 26th of Edward the third,
      you shall find that Meredith ap Howell5 and others are the heires of Gwely,
      Griff' David ap Howell his brother maried 6 viz. Jevan ap Howell ap
      Meredith, the daughter of Gwenllian,
      p. 31 and Jevan ap Griff' ap Madog ap Jerweth was wife to 1 Reginall ap
      Bleddyn, and had by her issue Robin Vaughan ap David ap Howell, who maried
      Angharad the daughter of Rys ap Gruff' ap Rys ap Ednyfed Vaughan, and had
      no issue male,2 but one daughter called Cattrin vch Robin Vaughan, who
      married Rhys ap Eingan Vaughan of Llanrwst, a gentleman of the house of
      Penwyn in Nanconwy and Denbigh Land; 3 who having noe issue male by her, but
      daughteres, the greatest part of the possessions of that house, which were
      now worth a thousand markes a yeare, came to the Salisburies. For Robert
      Salisbury the elder, fourth sonne of Tho. Salisbury of Lleweny, in the
      county of Denbigh, Esq. maried Gwenhwyfar, the daughter of Rys ap Eingan and
      Catherin the daughter of Robin Vaughan ap David ap Howell.

      Hope it helps.

      Becky T.
      ttg-inc@attbi.com
    Person ID  I4624  Royal Family of Europe
    Last Modified  17 Feb 2003 

    Father  IORWERTH Llewelyn Ap, Llewelyn the Great,   b. 1173, Aberffraw Castle, Caernarvonshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1240, Aberconwy, Arllechwedd Isaf, Caernarvonshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  ENGLAND Joan Princess Of,   b. 1188, Of, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1236, Aberconwy, Arllechwedd Isaf, Caernarvonshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1205  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F654  Group Sheet

    Family  BRAOSE Isabella De,   b. Abt 1238, Of Bramber, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1231 
    Children 
     1. DAFYDD Dafydd Ap,   b. Abt 1258, Of, , Caernarvonshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1145  Group Sheet



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