MERFYN FRYCH (died 844), king of Gwynedd

Name: Merfyn Frych
Date of death: 844
Spouse: Nest ferch Cadell ap Brochwel
Child: Rhodri Mawr
Parent: Esyllt ferch Cynan Dindaethwy
Parent: Gwriad
Gender: Male
Occupation: king of Gwynedd
Area of activity: Politics, Government and Political Movements; Royalty and Society
Author: Thomas Jones Pierce

son of Gwriad, probably a Manx chieftain and a reputed descendant of Llywarch Hen, by Ethyllt, a princess of Gwynedd. On the death, in 825, of Hywel ap Rhodri Molwynog, his mother's uncle, he became king in Anglesey, and later, on the death of Hywel ap Caradog, appears to have acquired the kingship of the adjacent mainland cantrefs. Thus were united the inheritances of the last direct descendants in Gwynedd of the line of Cunedda Wledig. He married Nest, daughter of Cadell ap Brochwel of Powys. Rhodri Mawr was their son.


Published date: 1959

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