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MORGAN HEN ab OWAIN (d. 975 ), king of Morgannwg ,

grandson of Hywel ap Rhys , founder of a new dynasty in western Glamorgan at the close of the 9th cent. Morgan , who succeeded his father, Owain , about 930 , was closely associated with the policy of friendship with the West-Saxon monarchy pursued by Hywel Dda (q.v.) , and continued on good terms with the English for at least a few years after the latter's death. In his day Morgannwg once more embraced Gwent (see Morgan Mwynfawr ), though territories were lost to Dyfed on the western borders. He d. at an advanced age, his realm passing to his descendants until his great-great grandson, Meurig , was deprived of Morgannwg by Gruffudd ap Llywelyn (q.v.) .

Sources:

  • A History of Wales: from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest ;
  • Liber Landavensis. The Text of the Book of Llan Dâv (1893) .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959