Ifor Bach ap Meurig
|Birthplace:||Senghennydd, Glamorganshire, Wales|
|Death:||Died in Wales|
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About Ifor Bach ap Meurig
Ifor Bach (meaning Ivor the Short) (fl. 1158) also known as Ifor ap Meurig and in anglicised form Ivor Bach, lord of Senghenydd, was a twelfth-century resident in and a leader of the Welsh in south Wales.
Ifor kidnapped the Earl of Gloucester. According to Giraldus Cambrensis in the Itinerarium Cambriae, in 1158 Ifor Bach was a tenant of William, Earl of Gloucester, who held Cardiff Castle. Gloucester was trying to take land which under Welsh law belonged to Ifor.
Ifor scaled the walls of Cardiff Castle using his bare hands, seized the Earl, his Countess Hawise, a daughter of the Earl of Leicester, and their young son Robert, and kidnapped all of them to the woods of Senghenydd. He refused to release them until he had recovered the land he had lost "and a lot more". ("The Norman Conquest". Caerphilly Castle.)
CURRENT TIMES: Clwb Ifor Bach, a nightclub in Cardiff city centre is named after him, as is Ysgol Ifor Bach, a Welsh medium primary school in Abertridwr.
TOWN: Senghenydd (Welsh: Senghennydd) is a town in the Aber valley, roughly four miles north-west of the town of Caerphilly. Traditionally within the county of Glamorgan it is now in the community of Aber Valley in the county borough of Caerphilly, Wales. Notable people: Ifor Bach (fl. c. 1158), nobleman and progenitor of the minor Welsh royal house of Senghenydd.
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