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Cynan ap Iago

Also Known As: "Cynan ab Iago ab Idwal"
Birthdate: (25)
Birthplace: Malltraeth, Isle Of Anglesey, UK
Death: Died in Dublin, Dublin City, County Dublin, Ireland
Place of Burial: Dublin, Dublin City, County Dublin, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Iago ap Idwal and Afandreg verch Gwair
Husband of Ranallt Olafsdottir
Father of Gruffydd ap Cynan
Brother of Crisli verch Iago
Half brother of Tangwystl verch Iago

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About Cynan ap Iago

As you can see from the Wikipedia entry copied into this Overview, the dates for Cynan are problematic. Wolcott solves the problem by noting the probability that the Gruffudd ap Cynan shown as the son of Cynan and Ranallt has been conflated with another Gruffudd ap Cynan.

Please see Darrell Wolcott; The Royal Family of Gwynedd - History of Gruffudd ap Cynan/A New Perspective; (Steven Ferry, March 28, 2017.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: The Royal Family of Gwynedd - The Unofficial "History" of Gruffudd, Nephew of Iago; (Steven Ferry, March 30, 2017.)

Cynan ab Iago

Cynan ab Iago (died c. 1060) was a Welsh Prince, the son of Iago ab Idwal, King of Gwynedd and father of Gruffydd ap Cynan who also became king of Gwynedd.

Iago ab Idwal was king of Gwynedd from 1023 to 1039, but in the latter year he was killed by one of his own men and the throne was seized by Gruffydd ap Llywelyn. Cynan was forced to flee to Ireland and took refuge at the Danish settlement of Dublin. He married Ragnaillt daughter of Olaf of Dublin, son of King Sigtrygg Silkbeard and a member of the Hiberno-Norse dynasty. Ragnaillt, who appears in the list of the fair women of Ireland in the Book of Leinster, was also a descendant of Brian Boru.

Cynan may have died fairly soon after the birth of their son Gruffydd ap Cynan, for the near-contemporary biography of Gruffydd details Cynan's ancestry but does not refer to him in its account of Gruffydd's youth; describing Gruffydd's mother telling him who his father was and what patrimony he could claim. Gruffydd ap Llywelyn was killed in 1063, by his own men according to Brut y Tywysogion. The Ulster Chronicle however states that it was Cynan ap Iago who killed him.

As his son Gruffydd was supposedly born c. 1055, the date of death "1039" is doubtful (Gruffydd died 1137).

Cynan's claim to the throne of Gwynedd was passed on to his son. When Gruffydd first appeared on the scene in Wales the Welsh annals several times refer to him as "grandson of Iago" rather than the more usual "son of Cynan", indicating that his father was little known in Wales.

References Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis, Line 239-4

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Cynan ap Iago's Timeline

Malltraeth, Isle Of Anglesey, UK
March 8, 1055
Age 20
Dublin, Ireland
Age 25
Dublin, Dublin City, County Dublin, Ireland
November 6, 1914
Age 25
exluded from the throne by Gruffydd ap Llewelyn
exluded from the throne by Gruffydd ap Llewelyn
Prince of North Wales
exluded from the throne by Gruffydd ap Llewelyn
Dublin, Dublin City, County Dublin, Ireland