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IFOR BACH ( fl . 1158 ) — ( IFOR MEURIG in the Bruts , IFOR AP CADIFOR in 16th and 17th cent. genealogies); lord of Senghenydd ,

a ‘dependant barony’ of the lordship of Glamorgan and the hilly district bounded by Brecknock on the north, Cefn Onn ridge on the south, the river Taff on the west and the river Rhymney on the east.

In 1158 he attacked and slew Morgan ab Owain of Gwynllwg and Caerleon , together with ‘the best poet ,’ Gwrgant ap Rhys . He is noteworthy also for his attack on Cardiff castle the same year, when at dead of night he removed William , earl of Gloucester , Hawise his wife, and Robert their son to his wooded fastnesses, refusing to release them until William had restored the lands filched from him and had bestowed upon him additional territory by way of compensation.

He m. Nest , sister says ‘ Brut y Saeson ,’ to the ‘lord’ Rhys . He was succeeded ( before 1170 ) by his son Gruffydd .

Sources:

  • Giraldus Cambrensis , Giraldi Cambrensis Opera , London, Longman, 1861-91 , vi, 63;
  • ‘Brut y Tywysogion,’ sub anno 1157;
  • ‘Brut y Saeson,’ sub anno 1175;
  • The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales , 682;
  • ‘Annales Margam,’ sub anno 1158;
  • G. T. Clark , Cartae et Alia Munimenta quae ad Dominium de Glamorgan pertinent , second ed., 1910 , i, 159;
  • A History of Wales: from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest , 507-8;
  • E. L. Chappell , Old Whitchurch the story of a Glamorgan parish , Cardiff, 1945 , 9, 17;
  • A Book of Glamorganshires Antiquities, 1578 , 1887 , 54-5, 107;
  • Heraldic Visitations of Wales and Part of the Marches , 1846 , i, 245;
  • Ford Manuscripts ( Cardiff Manuscripts 5, 6) 270, 491;
  • Tonn Manuscript at Cardiff City Library ( Cardiff Manuscripts 2, 136), 175, 216;
  • Wilkins Manuscript ( Cardiff Manuscripts 3, 464) 103.

Author:

Arthur John Richard, M.A., Cardiff

Published date: 1959