Gwladus verch Dafydd Gam (1374 - 1454) MP

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Nicknames: "Gladice ferch Dauid Game"
Birthplace: Llan Ddew, Peutun, Breconshire, Wales
Death: Died in Hereford, Herefordshire, UK
Occupation: Known as "The Star of Abergavenny"; Legend has it she was so beloved by her people that 3000 knights, nobles and weeping peasantry followed her body from Coldbrook House to the Herbert Chapel of St. Mary's Priory Church where she was buried.
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About Gwladus verch Dafydd Gam

  • Father: Dafydd 'gam' Ap Llewellyn
  • Mother: Gwenllian Ferch Gwilym
  • Birth: 1395 Peutun, Llan-Ddew, Breconshire, Wales
  • Death: 1454
  • Burial: Priory Church, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • Spouse 1: Roger Vaughan Disc #75 Pin #644252
  • Marriage: 1409 Bredwardine, Herefordshire, England
  • Spouse 2: William Ap Thomas Herbert Disc #75 Pin #650359
  • Marriage: 1421 Bredwardine, Herefordshire, England

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dafydd_Gam

Descendants

Some of Dafydd's descendants, who adopted the surname 'Games' to mark their connection to him, remained one of the most powerful families in the Breconshire area till Stuart times.[5] They were noted for their support for Welsh bards. His beautiful daughter Gwladys ferch Dafydd Gam, the 'Star of Abergavenny', made two good marriages, the first to Sir Roger Vaughan, who also died at Agincourt. Her second was to Sir William ap Thomas of Raglan Castle who survived the battle. Her son became the extremely powerful William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1423-1469) and took the surname Herbert, later to become one of the most well known names in the nobility.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From Wikipedia:

Gwladus (the star of Abergavenny, as she was hailed by the poet Lewys Glyn Cothi), died in 1454 and her tomb and effigy can also be seen in Abergavenny in the Priory Church of St Mary.

From thePeerage.com:

    Gladys Dafydd is the daughter of Thomas ap Gwilym and Maud Morley.1 She married Sir William ap Thomas, son of Gwilym ap Jenkin and Gwenillian Hywel.

Child of Gladys Dafydd and Sir William ap Thomas

   * Richard Herbert+ d. Jul 1469

-------------------- Notes

Buried Herbert Chapel, Priory Church, Y Fenni, Monmouthshire, Wales

COGNOMEN: She was calls "Ddû" on account of her dark hair. (Bradney, History of Monmouthshire, vol. 2 p. 3)

DISTINCTION: Lady Vaughan. (Bradney, History of Monmouthshire, vol. 2 p. 3)

RESIDENCE: Living at Coldbrook with her son Richard, as a widow, 1454. (Bradney, History of Monmouthshire, vol. 1 p. 338)

MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTION: Y Fenni> under the arch between the Herbert Chapel and the choir. (Bradney, History of Monmouthshire, vol. 1 p. 164, 165) MARWNAD {FUNERAL ELEGY}: An elegy written in a marwnad by Hywel ap Dafydd ab Ieuan ap Rhys, poet and historian of Glamorganshire, for her can be found on page 6 and 7. (Bradney, History of Monmouthshire, vol. 2 p. 6, 7) MARWNAD {FUNERAL ELEGY}: A marwnad was written by Lewys "Glyn Cothi" in which he calls her "Y Seren o'r Fenni {the Star of Abergavenny}. (Bradney, History of Monmouthshire, vol. 1 p. 186)

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-------------------- Spouses/Children: 1. Sir Roger VAUGHAN of Bredwardine

Watkin (Walter) VAUGHAN of Bredwardine Thomas VAUGHAN of Hergest, Esq. Sir Roger VAUGHAN of Tretower Court Elizabeth VAUGHAN+ Blanch VAUGHAN 2. Sir William ap THOMAS of Raglan Margaret HERBERT+ William HERBERT K.G., 1st Earl of Pembroke+ Born: Abt 1385, Peutun, Llan Ddew, Breconshire, Wales Married (1): 1403 Married (2): After 1415 Died: 1454

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  Research Notes:

"Dafydd's daughter, Gwladus, married into two of the most prominent families in fifteenth-century South Wales. Her first husband was Roger Fychan (or Vaughan) of Bredwardine (Herefs.), who supposedly died with his father-in-law at Agincourt having served as an archer in his retinue.... The three sons of Gwladus and Roger Fychan — Walter (or Watcyn), Thomas and Roger (d. 1471) — became staunch supporters of the House of York and great patrons of Welsh poets later in the century. Gwladus' second husband was Sir William ap Thomas of Raglan, progenitor of the Herbert family and another man who is supposed to have served at Agincourt. Though it should be remembered that the surviving musters for the 1415 campaign are far from complete, there is no mention of either Roger Fychan or William ap Thomas in any of the extant musters or financial documentation. Moreover, there are several factors which should give us pause in taking at face value the story that Roger Fychan died at Agincourt. First, we find, drawing on muster rolls for Henry V's invasion of Normandy in 1417, a man named Roger Fychan, a man-at-arms in the retinue of the earl of Warwick. While his origins are not specified, Roger was a sufficiently unusual name in a Welsh context for this at least to be noteworthy. If this is a reference to the same man it is unlikely that Roger lived much longer, but no alternative date of death has been suggested. Secondly, there is the survival of a memorial effigy said to be Roger's in the church at Bredwardine. Memorials present several difficulties as sources, not the least of which is that such effigies could have been supplied either some time before, or some time after, the death of the recipient. It is also the case that very little is known of the fates of the bodies of those on the English side killed at Agincourt, including that of Dafydd Gam. What is evident is that the style of armor on this effigy is rather later than that contemporary with Agincourt and is likely to date from around 1450. It has much in common, for example, with that of Sir William ap Thomas (d. 1445), which survives in Abergavenny Priory. Both effigies bear the Lancastrian SS collar, customarily worn by those in royal service. In Roger's case, such a tomb would hardly be in keeping with the status of an archer, but such a fine alabaster tomb would well reflect the status of his widow and, particularly, their children, who were so prominent in the "Herbert decades" of the 1450s and 1460s. Finally, the first written account suggesting that Roger Fychan died at Agincourt appears in Powell's Historie, demonstrating that it was current in the second half of the sixteenth century but was unknown before this time. It was later recited in Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick's editions of Dwnn's genealogies, published in the nineteenth century, and it is from there that Nicholas and Wylie took this detail, which has subsequently be taken at face value. .... What is remarkable about fifteenth-century poetic references to the descendants of Dafydd Gam and Roger Fychan is that their service in France (and their definite or apparent deaths) is never recorded. Two generations after 1415 one of Dafydd's grandsons, Philip Fychan, was killed by a cannon ball at the siege of Harlech in 1468; the poet Huw Cae Llwyd in an elegy mentions both Philip's illustrious grandfather and Philip's own service in France. What Huw failed to do, however, was to commemorate Dafydd's death in more noble circumstances at Agincourt. Perhaps this is not surprising given the proximity of Agincourt to the end of a failed national rebellion. Equally, since the majority of their descendants took the Yorkist side in the domestic wars of the fifteenth century, the memory of Dafydd's consistent support of the Lancastrian regime during the rebellion might have been uncomfortable. Even so, Agincourt remains perhaps the only battle of the Hundred Years War not recorded in Welsh poetry. In light of the evidence discussed above, however, it seems that, for Watcyn Llwyd and Roger Fychan, no grandiose commemoration of their deaths at Agincourt was appropriate: they did not die there."

  Marriage Information:

Gwladus married Sir Roger VAUGHAN of Bredwardine, son of Roger VAUGHAN of Bredwardine and Anne DEVEREUX, in 1403. (Sir Roger VAUGHAN of Bredwardine was born about 1377 in Bredwardine, Herefordshire, England and died on 25 Oct 1415 at the Battle of Agincourt, France.)

   Marriage Information:

Gwladus also married Sir William ap THOMAS of Raglan, son of Sir Thomas ap GWILYM of Perth-Hir and Mawd MORLEY, Heiress of Llansantffraed, after 1415. (William ap THOMAS was born about 1377 in Plas yn-y-berth-hir (Perth-hir), Monmouthshire, Wales, died in 1446 in Raglan Castle, Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales and was buried in Priory Church, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales.)

  Sources:

Burke's Peerage; Journal of Medieval Military History: Volume IX: Soldiers, Weapons and Armies in the Fifteenth Century, Anne Curry, Adrian R. Bell (eds.), pp. 60-62

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Gwladus verch Dafydd Gam's Timeline

1312
1312
Tretower, Breconshire, Wales, United Kingdom
1374
1374
Llan Ddew, Peutun, Breconshire, Wales
1400
1400
Age 26
Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom
1400
Age 26
Raglan, Monmouthshire, UK
1405
1405
Age 31
Llan-Ddew, Breconshire, Wales, United Kingdom
1409
1409
Age 35
Of Rhaglan, Usk, Monmouthshire, England
1410
1410
Age 36
Tretwr, Llnfhngl Cwm Du, Breconshire, England
1413
1413
Age 39
Bredwardine, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom
1413
Age 39
Bredwardine, Herefordshire, England
1415
1415
Age 41
Of Bredwardine, Herefordshire, England