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Ednyfed Fychan ap Cynwrig ab Iorwerth ap Gwgon

Male - 1246


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  • Name Ednyfed Fychan ap Cynwrig ab Iorwerth ap Gwgon 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1246  [1, 2
    Person ID I26621  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2020 

    Father Cynwrig ab Iorwerth ap Gwgon ab Idnerth ab Edryd ab Inethan ab Iasedd ap Carwed ap Marchudd ap Cynan,   b. Abt 1130 
    Mother Angharad ferch Hwfa ap Cynwrig ap Rhiwallon ap Dingad ap Tudur Trefor 
    Family ID F15912  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gwenllian ferch Yr Arglwydd Rhys,   d. 1236 
    Children 
    +1. Gronwy ab Ednyfed Fychan ap Cynwrig ab Iorwerth,   b. of Trecasteil, Anglesey, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1268
    +2. Gwenllian ferch Ednyfed Fychan
    +3. Gruffudd ab Ednyfed Fychan ap Cynwrig ab Iorwerth,   d. 1246
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F15910  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Ednyfed ap Cynwrig (died 1246), claiming descent from Marchudd, was a member of one of a group of kindreds long settled in Rhos and Rhufoniog. As seneschal (in Welsh, distain) of Gwynedd c. 1215-1246, his political and military services to Llywelyn the Great were rewarded, not only by the grant to Ednyfed himself of bond vills in Anglesey, Nantconwy, Arllechwedd Uchaf, and Creuddyn, but also by the concession, made to all the descendants of Ednyfed's grandfather (Iorwerth ap Gwrgan) that they should for the future hold their lands throughout Wales free from all dues and services other than military service in time of war. This special tenure, known as that of 'Wyrion Eden,' is prominent in the 14th century in the lordship of Denbigh amongst the collateral branches of the family, Ednyfed's own descendants in the same period are found in the townships of Trecastell, Penmynydd, Erddreiniog, Clorach, Gwredog, Trysglwyn, and Tregarnedd in Anglesey, and in Crewyrion, Creuddyn, Gloddaeth, Dinorwig, and Cwmllannerch in Caernarfonshire. They are also found in Llansadwrn in Carmarthenshire and at Llechwedd-llwyfan, Cellan, and Rhyd-onnen in Cardiganshire. Even before the conquest of 1282, therefore, Ednyfed's immediate descendants formed a 'ministerial aristocracy' of considerable wealth, and their widespread possessions, combined with the favourable terms on which they were held, made them the forerunners of that class of Welsh squires whose emergence is characteristic of the post-conquest period." [Dictionary of Welsh Biography, citation details below]

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

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