Dictionary of Welsh Biography


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ANGHARAD (d. 1162 ).

She was the wife of Gruffudd ap Cynan , was a daughter of Owain ab Edwin , a chieftain of eastern Gwynedd . She m. Gruffudd about 1095 , during his early struggle for power, and survived her husband many years, dying in 1162 . Their children were Cadwallon (d. 1132 ), Owain (Gwynedd) , and Cadwaladr , and five daughters, named Gwenllian , Marared ( Margaret ) , Rainillt , Susanna , and Annest . Of these, Gwenllian m. Gruffydd ap Rhys , and Susanna m. Madog ap Maredudd .

Angharad is singled out for lavish praise by her husband's biographer , as a handsome blonde, gentle, eloquent, generous, discreet, good to her people and charitable to the poor . Gruffydd left her, in addition to the half of his goods as provided by Welsh law , two shares of land ( rhandir ) and the profits of the port of Abermenai .

Sources:

  • A History of Wales: from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest , 464, 469.

Author:

Sir John Edward Lloyd, D.Litt., F.B.A., F.S.A. (1861-1947), Bangor

Published date: 1959