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See Peter Bartrum, (November 5, 2018; Anne Brannen, curator)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: Edwin of Tegeingl and His Family - Was Owain ap Edwin Really a Traitor; (Steven Ferry, April 17, 2017.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: The Royal Family of Gwynedd - History of Gruffudd ap Cynan, a New Perspective; (Steven Ferry, December 1, 2019.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: The Royal Family of Gwynedd - The Unofficial "History" of Gruffudd, Nephew of Iago; (Steven Ferry, December 4, 2019.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: The Royal Family of Gwynedd - The Children of Gruffudd, Nephew of Iago; (Steven Ferry, December 13, 2019.)


Cynfyn ap Gwerystan

Cynfyn ap Gwerystan, b abt 995. He md Angharad verch Maredudd abt 1024, Wales, daughter of Maredudd ap Owain. He also fathered a child by either another wife or a mistress.

Children of Cynfyn ap Gwerstan and Angharad verch Maredudd were:

Rhiwallon ap Cynfyn b abt 1025. See LINE A

Bleddyn ap Cynfyn b abt 1027. See LINE B

Child of Cynfyn ap Gwerystan and unknown wife or mistress was:

Iwerydd verch Cynfyn b abt 1030. She md Edwin of Tegeingl abt 1046.

Child of Iwerydd verch Cynfyn and Edwin of Tegeingl was:

Owain ap Edwin b abt 1055. The identity of his wife is not known.

Child of Owain ap Edwin was:

Angharad verch Owain b abt 1065. She md Gruffydd ap Cynan, King of Gwynedd, abt 1098.

Gruffydd ap Cynan, King of Gwynedd, b abt 1070, d 1137. He md Angharad verch Owain abt 1098, daughter of Owain ap Edwin. She was b abt 1084, d 1162.

Children of Gruffydd ap Cynan and Angharad verch Owain were:

Gwenllian verch Gruffydd b abt 1100, Wales. She md Gruffydd ap Rhys, Prince of South Wales, abt 1112, son of Rhys ap Tewdr-Mawr, Prince of South Wales, and Gwladus verch Rhiwallon.

Owain-Gwynedd ap Gruffydd, Prince of North Wales, b abt 1104.

Susanna verch Gruffydd b abt 1112, Aberffraw Castle, Anglesey, Wales. She md Madog ap Maredudd abt 1130, prob Wales, son of Maredudd ap Bleddyn, Prince of Powys, and Hunydd verch Einudd.

By about 1118 Gruffydd's advancing years meant that most of the fighting which pushed Gwynedd's borders eastward and southwards was done by his three sons by his wife Angharad, daughter of Owain ab Edwin: Cadwallon, Owain Gwynedd and later Cadwaladr.

  1. ID: I4354
  2. Name: Angharat verch Owain
  3. Given Name: Angharat verch
  4. Surname: Owain 1
  5. Sex: F
  6. Birth: Abt 1065 in Tegeingl, Flintshire, Wales
  7. Death: 1162
  8. Change Date: 21 Sep 2005 at 15:23
  9. Note:
   [De La Pole.FTW]
   Sources: Young; Kraentzler 1406, 1409; AF; A. Roots 239; History of Morgan Family.
   Roots: Angharat of Tegaingl, daughter of Owain ap Edwin.
   Young: Angharad II of Tegaingl.
   K: Anghared verch Owain (the Golden Hair).
   1. Lloyd, John E., _The History of Wales, Vol. II:
   P. 464: "By his wife Angharad, the flaxen-haired daughter of Owain abEdwin,
   whom he married about 1095, he had three sons, Cadwallon, Owain, andCadwaladr,
   and five daughters...." Footnote 7, same page, names the daughters as
   Gwenllian (wife of Gruffydd ap Rhys), Marared, Rannillt (named for her paternal grandmother), Susanna(who married Madog ap Maredudd), and Annest.
   P. 488: Owain Gwynedd fell into a deep melancholy when his mother died in1162.

Father: Owain Ap Edwin b: 1044 in Llys Edwin, Llaneurguin, Flintshire, Wales

Mother: Morwyl Verch Ednywain b: Abt 1044-1048 in Tegeingl, Flintshire, Wales

Marriage 1 Gruffudd ap Cyan b: 1055 in Dublin, Ireland

   * Married: Abt 1095 in Wales 2
   * Change Date: 21 Sep 2005


  1. Has Children Margred Verch Gruffudd b: Abt 1070 in Wales
  2. Has Children Gruffydd ap Rhys b: Abt 1081
  3. Has Children Gwenlian verch Gruffydd b: Abt 1090 in Caernarvonshire, Wales
  4. Has Children Susanna Verch Gruffydd b: Abt 1095 in Caernarvonshire, Wales c: in <Gwynedd, Wales>
  5. Has No Children Cadwaladr Ap Gruffudd b: Abt 1096 in Caernarvonshire, Wales
  6. Has Children Owain Gwynedd Ap Gruffudd b: Abt 1100 in The Forgotten Monarchy of Scotland"


  1. Abbrev: Ancestral Roots Of Sixty Colonists Who Came To New Englan d Between 1623 And 1650
     Title: Ancestral Roots Of Sixty Colonists Who Came To New England Between 1623And 1650
     Author: Weis, Frederick Lewis
     Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 1992
     Date: 7 Jun 2004
     Page: 239-5
     Quality: 3
  2. Abbrev: Ancestral Roots Of Sixty Colonists Who Came To New Englan d Between 1623 And 1650
     Title: Ancestral Roots Of Sixty Colonists Who Came To New England Between 1623And 1650
     Author: Weis, Frederick Lewis
     Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 1992
     Date: 7 Jun 2004
     Page: 239-5 

Angharad ferch Owain of Tegeingl was born circa 1072. She was the daughter of Owain ab Edwyn of Tegeingl and Morwyl verch Ydnywain bendew.3 Angharad ferch Owain of Tegeingl married Gryffydd ap Cynan, King of Gwynedd, son of Cynan ab Iago, Prince of Gwynedd and Radnaillt of Dublin, circa 1082; 6th cousins, 1x removed.4,5


Gryffydd ap Cynan, King of Gwynedd b. circa 1055, d. 1137


   * Susanna ferch Gruffudd ap Cynan o Gwynedd+ b. c 10953
   * Owain Gwynedd ap Gruffydd, King of Gwynedd+ b. c 1100, d. Dec 11693,6
   * Gwenllian verch Gruffydd o Gwynedd+ b. c 1100?, d. 11367

Hist. W., 464, 469.
His (Gruffydd's) wife was Angharad, daughter of Owain, son of Edwin. Her beauties are minutely described by the biographer. By her Gruffydd had three sons: Cadwallon (who in 1124 slew his mother's three brothers and in 1132 was slain by his cousin), Cadwaladr, and Owain, afterwards famous a Owain Gwynedd. He also had by her many daughters, one of whom, Gwenllian, was the wife, first of Cadwgan ab Bledyn and then of Gruffydd ab Rhys. Gruffydd was also the father of several ilegitimated children. [The Dictionary of National Biography; George Smith, Fd., Sir Leslie Stephen & Sir Sidney Lee, Ed., 1953; Vol VIII, pp 744-747, Gruffydd ab Cynan]
His (Owain ap Edwin) daughter Angharad was the wife of Gruffydd ap Cynan. [The Dictionary of National Biography; George Smith, Fd., Sir Leslie Stephen and Sir Sidney Lee, Ed., 1953, Vol XIV, p 1284, Owain ap Edwin]
Angharad (d 1162), wife of Gruffudd ap Cynan, was a daughter of Owain ab Edwin, a chieftain of eastern Gwynedd. She m. Gruffudd about 1095, during his early struggle for power, and survived her husban many years, dying in 1162. Their children were Cadwallon (d 1132), Owain (Gwynedd), and Cadwaladr, and five daughters, named Gwenllian, Marared (Margaret) , Rainillt, Susanna, and Annest. Of these, Gwenllian m. Gruffydd ap Rhys, and Sussanna m. Madog ap Maredudd. Angharad is singled out for lavish praise by her husband's biographer, as a handsome blonde, gentle, eloquent, generous, discreet, good to her people and charitable to the poor. Gruffydd left her, in addition to the half of his goods as provided by Welsh law, two shares of land (rhandir) and the profits of the port of Abermenai. [Dictionary of Welsh Biography p9]
Angharad married Gruffudd ap Cynan in 1082 in the Kingdom of Gwynedd when she was seventeen. She was queen of Gwynedd for forty years with her husband and queen mother for twenty-five years into the time period when her son Owain ap Gruffyd was king of Gwynedd in north Wales.

Personality[edit] Angharad was a tall blonde and labeled "Golden Haired".[14][15] She was considered attractive and eloquent.[16] Angharad had large eyes, strong limbs, long fingers with well groomed nails, a nice figure and fine feet.[16] She had a queenly personality, was good-natured, and was known as being kindhearted and sympathetic towards the poor.[10]

Siblings[edit] Her siblings were Meilyr ab Owain, Rhiryd ab Owain, Gronw ab Owain and Einion ab Owain.[A][B][C]

Children[edit] Angharad and Gruffudd had the following children at Aberffraw Castle, Aberffraw, on Anglesey (now within Isle of Anglesey County), in the Kingdom of Gwynedd in north-west Wales; Rhanullt verch Gruffydd (b. 1083), Owain Gwynedd (b. 1087), Gwenllian verch Gruffydd (b. 1085), Elen verch Gruffydd (b. 1089), Merinedd verch Gruffydd (b. 1091), Susanna verch Gruffydd (b. 1095), Cadwaladr ap Gruffydd (b. 1096), Cadwallon ap Gruffydd (b. 1097), Yslani verch Gruffudd (b. 1104), Membyr "Ddu" ap Gruffydd (b. 1114), Rhael verch Gruffydd (b. 1116), Annes verch Gruffydd (b. 1118), Margred verch Gruffydd (b. 1120), and Tudwal ap Gruffydd (b. 1122).[13][16][20][21]

Later life and death[edit] Angharad was 72 years old in 1137 when her hushand died. He left her half of his assets as was customary by Welsh law of the time.[10] In addition she received two shares of land (rhandir).[9] She also received in her inheritance the profits of the ferry service of the time at the port of Abermenai.[9][10] This ferry is documented in the twelfth-century Welsh reference work Life of Guffudd ap Cynan and believed to be the earliest such service at this strait.[22][23]

Angharad died in 1162 at the age of 97.[24][25]

References Notes ^ "In 1124 Cadwallon, who was clearly as unscrupulous as he was energetic, slew the three rulers of the cantref, Gronw, Rhiryd, and Meilyr ab Owain, notwithstanding that they were his mother's brothers."[17]

^ "CADWALLON, one of the sons of Gruffydd ab Cynan, prince of North Wales, whose name is recorded in the military history of that age, as being the leader of his father's armies. In 1125, he slew his three uncles, Gronw, Rhiryd, and Meilyr, sons of Owain ab Edwin; but about the year 1130, he was himself put to death in Nanheudwy by another uncle, Einion ab Owain ab Edwin." [18]
^ "And in the year 1132 died Robert Curthose the Kings brother in the castell of Caerdyffe. And the year following Cadwallon, son to Gruffudd ap Cynan was slain at Namheudwy by Einion, son to Owain ab Edwin, his uncle (whose three brothers he had slain)."[19]


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Angharad verch Owain's Timeline

Tegeingl, Flintshire, Wales
Age 26
Aberffraw Castle, Anglesey, Wales
Age 30
Caernarvonshire, Wales
Age 31
Caernarvonshire, Wales
Age 34
Age 35
Walesey, Caernarvonshire, Wales
Age 35
Caernarvonshire, Wales, (Present UK)
Age 38
Age 42
Caernarvonshire, Wales