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MORGAN , rebel of 1294 .

He was the leader of the Glamorgan insurgents during the rising of Madog ap Llywelyn (q.v.) in 1294-5 . Owing to personal grievances against the De Clares , he claimed to be at war only against the lords of Glamorgan . He may, therefore, have been Morgan ap Maredudd , a direct descendant of Rhydderch ap Iestyn (q.v.) [No article found] ; his father, Maredudd , the last native lord of Caerleon , had been deprived twenty years earlier by Gilbert de Clare . He has also been described in one contemporary chronicle as Rhys ap Morgan , which suggests some confusion with Rhys , the younger son of Morgan Fychan ap Morgan Gam (q.v.) . Morgan submitted to the king in July 1295 , and obtained the royal clemency. His daughter, Angharad , was an ancestress of the Morgan of Tredegar family. [See Morgan ap Hywel for Maredudd ].

Sources:

  • J. E. Morris , The Welsh Wars of Edward I a contribution to mediaeval military history, based on original documents , Oxford, 1901 ;
  • Bridgeman , History of the Princes of South Wales , 1876 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959