ANGHARAD (died 1162)

Name: Angharad
Date of death: 1162
Spouse: Gruffudd ap Cynan
Child: Annest ferch Gruffudd
Child: Susanna ferch Gruffydd ap Cynan
Child: Rainillt ferch Gruffudd
Child: Marared ferch Gruffudd
Child: Gwenllian ferch Gruffudd
Child: Cadwaladr ap Gruffudd ap Cynan
Child: Owain ap Gruffydd ap Cynan
Parent: Owain ab Edwin
Gender: Female
Area of activity: Royalty and Society; Politics, Government and Political Movements
Author: John Edward Lloyd

She was the wife of Gruffudd ap Cynan, was a daughter of Owain ab Edwin, a chieftain of eastern Gwynedd. She married Gruffudd about 1095, during his early struggle for power, and survived her husband many years, dying in 1162. Their children were Cadwallon (died 1132), Owain (Gwynedd), and Cadwaladr, and five daughters, named Gwenllian, Marared (Margaret), Rainillt, Susanna, and Annest. Of these, Gwenllian married Gruffydd ap Rhys, and Susanna married Madog ap Maredudd.

Angharad is singled out for lavish praise by her husband's biographer, as a handsome blonde, gentle, eloquent, generous, discreet, good to her people and charitable to the poor. Gruffydd left her, in addition to the half of his goods as provided by Welsh law, two shares of land (rhandir) and the profits of the port of Abermenai.


Published date: 1959

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