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OWAIN ap Gruffydd, son of GRUFFYDD ap Cynan King of Gwynedd & his wife Angharad of Deheubarth ([1100]-Nov 1169). (Owain had 10 children from 2 wives and 3 mistress)

  • m firstly GWLADUS, daughter of LLYWARCH ap Trahearn ap Caradog & his wife ---.
  • m secondly his first cousin, CRISIANT, daughter of GRONW ap Owain ap Edwin of Deheubarth & his wife ---.
  • Prince Owain & his second wife had two children:
    • 3. DAFYDD (-1203). ...
    • m ([1174]) EMMA d'Anjou, illegitimate daughter of GEOFFROY V "le Bel/Plantagenet" Comte d'Anjou & his mistress ---. Dafydd & his wife had two children:
      • a) OWAIN .
      • b) daughter .

Dafydd ab Owain Gwynedd

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Dafydd ab Owain Gwynedd (died 1203) was Prince of Gwynedd from 1170 to 1195. For a time he ruled jointly with his brothers Maelgwn ab Owain Gwynedd and Rhodri ab Owain Gwynedd.

Dafydd was the son of Owain Gwynedd by Cristin verch Goronwy. Since Owain and Cristin were first cousins, the marriage was not accepted by the church, which regarded Dafydd as illegitimate. Dafydd first appears on the scene in 1157 when King Henry II of England invaded Gwynedd. Dafydd was involved in the skirmish near Basingwerk in which King Henry was nearly killed. In 1165 he was recorded as having settled in the Vale of Clwyd and as having attacked Tegeingl, gaining much plunder.

Upon the death of Owain Gwynedd in 1170, his sons fell into dispute over lordship of Gwynedd. Together, Dafydd and Rhodri attacked and killed their brother Hywel ab Owain Gwynedd that same year. Dafydd drove out Maelgwn in 1173, sending him fleeing to Ireland. Another brother, Cynan, died in 1174, removing one more contender for the throne. The same year Dafydd captured and imprisoned his brothers Maelgwn (who had returned from Ireland) and Rhodri. He was now sole ruler of Gwynedd, and that same year he married Emme of Anjou, the half-sister of King Henry II of England, in summer 1174. Emme was an illegitimate daughter of Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou. They had four children:

1) Owain

2) Einion

3) Gwenllian

4) Gwenhwyfar.

In 1175 Rhodri escaped and attacked his brother, seizing all Gwynedd west of the River Conwy. Dafydd was able to keep the eastern part, and in 1177 King Henry gave him the manors of Ellesmere and Hales in England. He had a castle at Rhuddlan where Giraldus Cambrensis spent a night on his journey round Wales with Archbishop Baldwin.

In 1194, Dafydd faced a new threat from his nephew, Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, who defeated him at the battle of Aberconwy with the aid of his cousins, the sons of Cynan ab Owain Gwynedd, drove him from most of his possessions and imprisoned him in 1197. He was released a year later thanks to the efforts of Hubert Walter, Archbishop of Canterbury. Dafydd retired to the Kingdom of England, where he died in May 1203. Emme died in or after 1214, when she disappears from the Pipe Rolls.

Please see Darrell Wolcott: Sandde Hardd of Mortyn; http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id30.html. (Steven Ferry, June 8, 2017.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: The Pedigree of Cynddelw Gam of Ystrad Alun; http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id94.html; [#53] (Steven Ferry, November 17, 2017.)

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Dafydd ap Owain Gwynedd's Timeline

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of, Wales
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May 1203
Age 73
Aberconwy, Caernarvonshire, Wales