MORGAN ap CARADOG ap IESTYN (d.c. 1208), lord of the Welsh barony of Avan Wallia (or Nedd-Avan) in the honour of Glamorgan

Name: Morgan Ap Caradog Ap Iestyn
Date of death: c. 1208
Spouse: Gwerfil ferch Idnerth ap Cadwgan
Spouse: Gwenllian ferch Ifor Bach
Child: Sybil ferch Morgan ap Caradog ap Iestyn
Child: Owain ab Morgan ap Caradog ap Iestyn
Child: Lleision ab Morgan
Child: Morgan Gam
Parent: Gwladus ferch Gruffydd
Parent: Caradog ab Iestyn
Gender: Male
Occupation: lord of the Welsh barony of Avan Wallia (or Nedd-Avan) in the honour of Glamorgan
Area of activity: Land Ownership; Royalty and Society
Authors: Thomas Jones Pierce, Robert Thomas Jenkins

son of Caradog and Gwladus, daughter of Gruffydd ap Rhys ap Tewdwr. Always an unwilling vassal of the Norman lords of Glamorgan, he was closely identified with the policy of his cousin, the ‘lord’ Rhys, and was probably the leader of the Glamorgan rising of 1183 (?). He was twice m.: (1) to Gwenllian, daughter of Ifor Bach; (2) to Gwerful, daughter of Idnerth ap Cadwgan. He had at least four sons of whom the third, Morgan Gam, succeeded him. A daughter, Sybil, appears to have m. into the family of Turberville of Coity.

Giraldus Cambrensis (Itin., i, cap. 8) recounts that it was Morgan ap Caradog who guided archbishop Baldwin in 1188 across the quicksands between the Afan and Tawe estuaries. Of the four sons of Morgan whose names are known to us, LLEISION was the eldest; in the charters which Morgan gave to Margam abbey, Lleision and OWAIN are frequently mentioned as co-donors with their father. It would seem that Owain d. before Lleision, but dates are uncertain, many of the charters being undated or wrongly dated.

Welsh sub-lordships under the suzerainty of the Norman lords of Glamorgan were granted to other members of Iestyn ap Gwrgant's family. To MAREDUDD ap Caradog ap Iestyn came the lordship of Miskin — his son, HYWEL, had to surrender it to the Clare family c. 1245. CADWALLON ap Caradog held the lordship of Glynrhondda — Cadwallon's grandson, OWAIN GRYCH (AP MORGAN), was its last Welsh lord, for before 1295 the Clare family had absorbed this lordship as well. According to Giraldus (Itin., i, cap. 7), this Cadwallon was killed by his brother OWAIN, who d. soon afterwards.

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Published date: 1959

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