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MORGAN GAM (d. 1241 ), lord of the Welsh barony of Avan Wallia (or Nedd-Afan) in the honour of Glamorgan ,

son of Morgan ap Caradog ap Iestyn (q.v.) , probably by Gwenllian , daughter of Ifor Bach (q.v.) . He succeeded his elder brother, Lleision , c. 1213 , and, reverting to his father's policy of alliance with the Welsh princes , well served the interests of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth by harassing the Clare lords of Glamorgan . He m., according to the pedigrees, (1) Janet , daughter of Elidyr Ddu , (2) Ellen , daughter of Gronw ap Einion , though one of his charters refers to a wife called Matilda . He had at least three sons of whom Morgan Fychan (q.v.) is the best known. A daughter, Maud , m. a Turberville of Coity (see under Turberville ). He d. in Feb. 1240-1 , and was buried at Margam .

Sources:

  • A History of Wales: from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest ;
  • G. T. Clark , Cartae et Alia Munimenta quae ad Dominium de Glamorgan pertinent , second ed., 1910 (index);
  • D. Rhys Phillips , The Hist. of the Vale of Neath , Swansea, 1925 , 360-1.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959