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Morgan AP CARADOG 1 2 3

  • Died: Abt 1208

  General Notes:

Compiler's 21/23 x great-grandfather

  Research Notes:

Morgan ap Caradog ap Iestyn (d c 1208, lord of the Welsh barony of Avan Wallia (or Nedd-Avan) in the honour of Glamorgan, son of Caradog and Gwladus, daughter of Gruffydd ap Rhys ap Tewdwr. Always an unwilling vassal of the Norman lords of Glamorgan, he was closely identified with the policy of his cousin, the 'lord' Rhys, and was probably the leader of the Glamorgan rising of 1183. He was twice m.: (1) to Gwenllian, daughter of Ifor Bach; (2) to Gwerful, daughter of Idnerth ap Cadwgan. He had at least four sons of whome the third, Morgan Gam, succeeded him. A daughter, Sybil, appears to have m. into the family of Turberville of Coity.

Giraldus Cambensis recounts that it was Morgan ap Caradog who guided archbishop Baldwin in 1188 across the quicksands between the Afan and Tawe estuaries. Of the four sons of Morgan whose names are known to us, Lleision was the eldest; in the charters which Morgan gave to Margam abbey, Lleision and Owain are frequently mentioned as co-donors with their father. It would seem that Owain d before Lleision, but dates are uncertain, many of the charters being undated or wrongfully dated.

Welsh sub-lordships under the suzerainty of the Norman lords of Glamorgan were granted to other members of Iestyn ap Gwrgant's family. To Maredudd ap Caradog ap Iestyn came the lordship of Miskin - his son Hywel, had to surrender it to the Clares c 1245. Cadwallon ap Caradog held the lordship of Glynrhondda - Cadwallon's grandson, Owain Grych (ap Morgan), was its last Welsh lord, for before 1295 the Clares had absorbed this lordship as well. According to Giraldus, this Cadwallon was killed by his brother Owain, who d soon afterwards. 4

  Marriage Information:

Morgan married Gwenllian FERCH IFOR BACH. (Gwenllian FERCH IFOR BACH died on an unknown date.)


1 Welsh Genealogies AD 300-1400, by Peter Clement Bartrum, 8 Vols. Cardiff, 1974, microfiche edition, 1980, Iestyn 3, p.544.

2 Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales, by Thomas Nicholas, London: Longmans, Green, Reeder, 1875, II, 621.

3 A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, John Burke, London: Published for Henry Colburn, by R. Bentley, 1834-1838, IV:653.

4 Dictionary of Welsh Biography, Morgan ap Caradog ap Iestyn (d. c. 1208), by Professor Thomas Jones Pierce, M.A., F.S.A., Aberystwyth, citing 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; and D. Rhys Phillips, The History of the Vale of Neath, Swansea, 1925.

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