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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, 2
    Suffix King of Gwynedd 
    Born Abt 1055  [3
    Gender Male 
    Died 1137  [4, 5
    Alternate death 1139  [3
    Person ID I5297  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of AP, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of EK, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of LDN, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2020 

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

    Family 1 (Unknown wife or mistress of Gruffudd ap Cynan) 
    Children 
    +1. Gwenllian ferch Gruffudd
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F17608  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Angharad ferch Owain,   d. 1162 
    Married Abt 1095  [5
    Children 
    +1. Owain Gwynedd, King of Gwynedd,   d. 1169
    +2. Susanna ferch Gruffydd ap Cynan
    +3. Gwenllian ferch Gruffudd,   d. 1136
    +4. Cadwaladr ap Gruffudd ap Cynan, King in Wales,   d. 1172
    Last Modified 13 Aug 2020 
    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. [S4384] George Eldridge, Hydrographer, and Eliza Jane His Wife: Their Ancestors and Their Descendants by Henry James Young. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: 1982.

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

    4. [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.

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