MORGAN HEN ab OWAIN (died 975), king of Morgannwg

Name: Morgan Hen Ab Owain
Date of death: 975
Parent: Owain ap Hywel
Gender: Male
Occupation: king of Morgannwg
Area of activity: Politics, Government and Political Movements; Royalty and Society
Author: Thomas Jones Pierce

grandson of Hywel ap Rhys, founder of a new dynasty in western Glamorgan at the close of the 9th century. Morgan, who succeeded his father, Owain, about 930, was closely associated with the policy of friendship with the West-Saxon monarchy pursued by Hywel Dda, and continued on good terms with the English for at least a few years after the latter's death. In his day Morgannwg once more embraced Gwent (see Morgan Mwynfawr), though territories were lost to Dyfed on the western borders. He died at an advanced age, his realm passing to his descendants until his great-great grandson, Meurig, was deprived of Morgannwg by Gruffudd ap Llywelyn.


Published date: 1959

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