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MERFYN FRYCH (d. 844 ), king of Gwynedd ;

son of Gwriad , probably a Manx chieftain and a reputed descendant of Llywarch Hen , by Ethyllt , a princess of Gwynedd . On the death, in 825 , of Hywel ap Rhodri Molwynog (q.v.) , his mother's uncle, he became king in Anglesey , and later, on the death of Hywel ap Caradog , appears to have acquired the kingship of the adjacent mainland cantrefs. Thus were united the inheritances of the last direct descendants in Gwynedd of the line of Cunedda Wledig . He m. Nest , daughter of Cadell ap Brochwel of Powys . Rhodri Mawr (q.v.) was their son.


  • 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