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Gruffydd ap Cynan ab Iago, King of Gwynedd

Male Abt 1055 - 1137  (~ 82 years)


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  • Name Gruffydd ap Cynan ab Iago  [1
    Suffix King of Gwynedd 
    Born Abt 1055  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 1137  [3, 4
    Alternate death 1139  [2
    Person ID I5297  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of Barbara Hagan, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of LDN, Ancestor of Thomas Butler, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 10 May 2019 

    Father Cynan ab Iago 
    Mother Radnailt of Dublin 
    Family ID F3447  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Angharad verch Owain,   d. 1162 
    Married Abt 1095  [4
    Children 
    +1. Owain Gwynned, King of Gwynedd,   d. 1169
    +2. Susanna ferch Gruffydd ap Cynan
    +3. Gwenllian ferch Gruffudd,   d. 1136
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F5548  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "It was part of the traditional lore of the Welsh bards that Gruffudd ap Cynan had made certain regulations to govern their craft, and his name was used to give authority to the 'statute' drawn up in connection with the Caerwys eisteddfod of 1523. There is nothing to substantiate this tradition, but it is not unreasonable to suggest that Gruffudd may have brought bards and musicians with him from Ireland and that these may have had some influence on the craft of poetry and music in Wales. He may also have made some formal changes in the bardic organization. It is clear that a genuine and persistent tradition to this effect existed in the 16th century. It is perhaps worth noting that the History mentions the death in battle of Gellan, Gruffudd's harpist, in 1094." [Dictionary of Welsh Biography citation details below.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1449] Douglas Richardson, 16 Feb 2017, post to soc.genealogy.medieval.

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

    3. [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.

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