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Nest ferch Rhys

Female Abt 1085 - Bef 1136  (~ 50 years)


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  • Name Nest ferch Rhys  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1085  [3
    Gender Female 
    Died Bef 1136  [3
    Alternate death Aft 1136  [4
    Person ID I4449  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of AP, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of DGH, Ancestor of DK, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK, Ancestor of WPF
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2020 

    Father Rhys ap Tewdyr, King of Deheubarth,   d. Apr 1093, Brycheiniog, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Gwladus ferch Rhiwallon 
    Family ID F3697  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Henry I, King of England,   b. 1068,   d. 1 Dec 1135, Lyon-la-ForĂȘt, near Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Henry fitz Roy,   b. Abt 1105, of Pembrokeshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1157, Anglesey, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F447  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Gerald of Windsor,   b. 1070,   d. Aft 1116  (Age > 47 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Maurice fitz Gerald,   b. Abt 1100,   d. 1 Sep 1176, Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F6068  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Owain ap Cadwgon,   d. 1116 
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F17610  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Also called Nest ferch Tewdwr.

      "NEST (fl. 1120), a princess of Deheubarth, daughter of Rhys ap Tewdwr (q.v.) by Gwladus, daughter of Rhiwallon ap Cynfyn. About 1100 she m. Gerald of Pembroke; there were at least three sons of the union -- William, Maurice, and David Fitz-Gerald (qq.v.) -- and a daughter, Angharad, wife of William of Manorbier and mother of Giraldus Cambrensis (q.v.). Clearly a woman of great charm and beauty, she became the mistress of many lovers. Her romantic abduction (almost in her husband's presence) by her kinsman, Owain ap Cadwgan (q.v.), in 1109, has earned her notoriety as the 'Helen of Wales.' Her numerous offspring included Robert Fitz-Stephen (q.v.) and Henry 'filius regis' -- her child by king Henry I. The date of her death is unknown, but she lived until well after 1136. There were others of the same name less famous than the subject of this notice: Nest, daughter of Gruffudd ap Llywelyn (q.v.), Nest, the wife of Bernard Newmarch, and Nest, daughter of Gruffydd ap Rhys (q.v.)." [Dictionary of Welsh Biography]

  • Sources 
    1. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant ed. Vicary Gibbs, H. A. Doubleday, Duncan Warrand, Howard de Walden, Geoffrey H. White and R. S. Lea. 2nd edition. 14 volumes (1-13, but volume 12 spanned two books), London, The St. Catherine Press, 1910-1959. Volume 14, "Addenda & Corrigenda," ed. Peter W. Hammond, Gloucestershire, Sutton Publishing, 1998.

    2. [S1016] Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell by Carl Boyer III. Santa Clarita, California, 2001.

    3. [S160] Wikipedia.

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

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