|Morgan "Fychan" AP MORGAN
Morgan "Fychan" AP MORGAN 1 2
Compiler's 19 x great-grandfather
Morgan Fychan (d 1288), lord of the Welsh barony of Avan Wallia (or Nedd-Afan) in the honour of Glamorgan, son of Morgan Gam. Like his father he was a supporter of the North Cymru princes. He may for a time have been deprived of Avan, for in 1282 he is described merely as lord of a half commote in Baglan. His son, Llesion (d 1328), the first of the family to adopt the surname 'de Avene,' was certainly lord of Avan, beign succeeded there in turn by his son and grandson, John and Thomas de Avene. Sometime after 1350, Avan passed into the hands of the chief-lord, probably as a result of an exchange of lands effected by Jane, daughter and heiress of Thomas, and wife of William Blount. The younger son of Morgan Fychan, Rhys, who succeeded to his father's lands in Baflan, was, however, the ancestor of several well-known Glamorganshire families including the Mackworths and the Williamses of Aberpergwm. 3
Morgan married Elen FERCH GRONWY. (Elen FERCH GRONWY died on an unknown date.)
1 Welsh Genealogies AD 300-1400, by Peter Clement Bartrum, 8 Vols. Cardiff, 1974, microfiche edition, 1980, Iestyn 4, p.545.
2 Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales, by Thomas Nicholas, London: Longmans, Green, Reeder, 1875, II, 621.
3 Dictionary of Welsh Biography, Morgan Fychan (d. 1288), citing 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.