Dictionary of Welsh Biography

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GWENLLIAN (d. 1136 ),

daughter of Gruffudd ap Cynan (q.v.) , by Angharad , daughter of Owen ap Edwin . She m. Gruffydd ap Rhys (q.v.) shortly after 1116 , the most famous of her sons being the ‘lord’ Rhys ap Gruffydd (q.v.) . At the opening of the great Welsh uprising in 1136 , she led an attack on the Norman fortress of Kidwelly , in her husband's absence, and was killed fighting outside the town, at a spot still known as Maes Gwenllian .


  • A History of Wales: from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest


Professor Thomas Jones Pierce, M.A., F.S.A., (1905-1964), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959