From 1173-94 he was lord of Eifionydd and part of Ardudwy, a fact noted by Gerald the Welshman when he passed through the district in 1188. He received Merioneth also from his brother Gruffydd (probably in 1194) when the latter shared the spoils of victory in Gwynedd with his cousin Llywelyn ap Iorwerth whose career in its initial stages owed much to the support of the sons of Cynan. When Gruffydd d. in 1200, Maredudd acquired Llŷn, of which he was deprived in 1201 for suspected treachery against Llywelyn. In 1202 his other territories were taken from him, but Merioneth at least was later restored to his family — see Llywelyn Fawr and Llywelyn Fychan. He was co-founder in 1198 or 1199 of the Cistercian house of Cymmer. His elegy was sung by ‘Prydydd y Moch’ (Llywarch ap Llywelyn).
Published date: 1959
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