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Thomas ap Gwilym

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Cymru, Perth Hir, Wales
Death: Died in Cymru, Monmouthshire, Perthir, Wales
Place of Burial: Llansantffread, Breconshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Gwilym ap Jenkin and Gwenllian verch Hywel
Husband of Maud Morley
Father of Sir William ap Thomas, The Blue Knight of Gwent; Tudful verch Thomas; David ap Gwilym; Son ap Thomas; Hywel Ap Thomas Lord of Perth-hir and 8 others
Brother of Gwladis verch Gwilym; Janet verch Gwilym; John ap Gwilym; Hywel ap Gwilym and Dafydd ap Gwilym

Occupation: a minor Monmouthshire landowner
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About Sir Thomas ap Gwilym, Kt.


The current Raglan Castle was begun by Sir William ap Thomas, the lesser son of a minor Welsh family who rose through the ranks of mid-15th century politics, profiting from the benefits of the local offices he held. William married first Elizabeth, a wealthy heiress, and then Gwladus ap Thomas, another heiress who would prove to be a powerful regional figure in her own right. In 1432 William purchased the manor of Raglan, where he had already been staying as a tenant, for 1,000 marks (£666) and commenced a programme of building work that established the basic shape of the castle as seen today, although most of it — with the exception of the South Gate and the Great Tower — was later built over.

William's son dropped the Welsh version of his name, calling himself William Herbert.[6] He continued to rise in prominence, supporting the House of York during the War of the Roses, fighting in the Hundred Years War in France but making his fortune from the Gascon wine trade. He was also closely associated with Welsh politics and status, being the first Welshman to be made an earl and being described by contemporary poets as the "national deliverer" who might achieve Welsh independence. In the 1460s William used his increasing wealth to remodel Raglan on a much grander scale. The symbolism of the castle architecture may have reflected the Welsh family roots — historian Matthew Johnson has suggested that the polygonal towers were possibly designed to imitate those of Caernarvon Castle, whose architecture carries numerous allusions to the eventual return of a Roman Emperor to Wales. The resulting castle was what historian Anthony Emery has described as one of the "last formidable displays of medieval defensive architecture".=='

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Thomas AP GUILLEM HERBERT Compact Disc #32 Pin #498759 (AFN: 9TFR-CF) Pedigree

Sex:  M  



Birth:   abt 1372 

 Wernddu, Monmouthshire, England  
Death:   4 Jul 1438 




Father:  Guillem AP JENKEN     Disc #32     Pin #500210   
Mother:  Gwenlian VERCH HOWEL     Disc #32     Pin #500211  



Spouse:  Maud MORLEY     Disc #32     Pin #498760  
Marriage:  abt 1392  
 Ragland, Monmouthshire, England  


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Janae GOUGH 

215 N Minnesota Waterville, KS 66548

THOMAS AP WILLIAM (1356-1438), Lord of Perthyre & Llansaintfraed manors, Gwent

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Sir Thomas ap Gwilym, Kt.'s Timeline

Cymru, Perth Hir, Wales
Age 18
Raglan, Monmouthshire, England
Age 21
Perth Hir, Monmouthshire, Wales
Age 23
Monmouthshire, England
Age 24
Monmouthshire, United Kingdom
Age 28
Age 32
Age 34
Age 35
Of, Ragland, Monmonthshire, England
Age 36
Perthyr, Monmouthshire, England, United Kingdom