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Owain Gwynned, King of Gwynedd

Male - 1169


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  • Name Owain Gwynned  [1
    Suffix King of Gwynedd 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1169  [1
    Alternate death 28 Nov 1170  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Person ID I2754  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of AP, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of LDN, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2019 

    Father Gruffydd ap Cynan ab Iago, King of Gwynedd,   b. Abt 1055,   d. 1137  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Mother Angharad verch Owain,   d. 1162 
    Married Abt 1095  [2
    Family ID F5548  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Gwladus verch Llywarch 
    Children 
    +1. Iorwerth Drwyndwn ap Owain Gwynedd,   d. Abt 1174
    +2. Gwenllian ferch Owain
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F1660  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Cristin ferch Gronwy ab Owain ab Edwin,   b. of Tegeingl, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Angharad verch Owain
    +2. Rhodri ab Owain Gwynned,   d. 1195
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F15927  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Though it was Owain who finally accepted the principle of Angevin overlordship over Gwynedd, he regarded himself as no ordinary vassal (his attitude to episcopal elections in the see of Bangor should be noted) and it is clear that it was he who gave initial direction to the policies of his successors. It was largely due to his example, moreover, that the native rulers of Wales ceased to be mere tribal chieftains and took their place alongside the great feudal magnates of the time. The praises so repeatedly accorded to his many personal qualities by contemporary poets, and indeed by several public figures who could not have been predisposed in his favour, have so genuine a tone about them that the progressive trends in all the arts of peace and war discerned in 12th century Wales, it must be concluded, were in large measure due to the fostering genius of 'Owain the Great.'" [Dictionary of Welsh Biography, citation details below.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S885] Stewart Baldwin, 9-part post to soc.genealogy.medieval, beginning on 26 Nov 1998: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

    2. [S903] The Dictionary of Welsh Biography. National Library of Wales, 2007 and ongoing.

    3. [S3215] Medieval Welsh Ancestors of Certain Americans by Carl Boyer III. Santa Clarita, California, 2004.

    4. [S977] The Blackmans of Knight's Creek: Ancestors and Descendants of George and Maria (Smith) Blackman by Henry James Young. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: 1980., year only.

    5. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008., year only.