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OWAIN FYCHAN ap MADOG ap MAREDUDD (d. 1187 ), prince of Powys .

He was one of the sons of Madog ap Maredudd (q.v.) by Susanna , daughter of Gruffudd ap Cynan . His share of his father's territories, according to a contemporary poem, lay in Mechain , Cynllaith , and Mochnant-is-Rhaeadr , wedged between the dominions of his eldest brother, Gruffydd ap Madog (q.v.) , and those of his cousin, Owen Cyfeiliog (q.v.) . A minor prince of more than ordinary personality, he met his end at Gwern-y-figyn , near Carreghofa , where he was treacherously attacked by night by Gwenwynwyn (q.v.) and Cadwallon , the sons of Owain Cyfeiliog . His descendants continued to rule over a much diminished realm in Mechain until the end of the 13th cent.


  • 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