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GWENLLIAN (died 1136)

Name: Gwenllian
Date of death: 1136
Spouse: Gruffydd ap Rhys ap Tewdwr
Child: Gwladus ferch Gruffydd
Child: Maredudd ap Gruffudd ap Rhys
Child: Rhys ap Gruffydd
Parent: Angharad ferch Owain ab Edwin
Parent: Gruffudd ap Cynan
Gender: Female
Area of activity: Royalty and Society; Politics, Government and Political Movements; Military
Author: Thomas Jones Pierce

Daughter of Gruffudd ap Cynan, by Angharad, daughter of Owen ap Edwin. She married Gruffydd ap Rhys shortly after 1116, the most famous of her sons being the 'lord' Rhys ap Gruffydd. At the opening of the great Welsh uprising in 1136, she led an attack on the Norman fortress of Kidwelly, in her husband's absence, and was killed fighting outside the town, at a spot still known as Maes Gwenllian.


Published date: 1959

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