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  • ID: I53668
  • Name: Rhys Ap Griffith, Prince Of South Wales
  • Given Name: Rhys
  • Surname: Ap Griffith, Prince Of South Wales
  • Prefix: King
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1132 in Dynevor Castle, Llandilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales 1
  • Note:
    Sources for this Information:
    father: [Ref: Tapsell Dynasties p178]
  • Death: 28 Apr 1197 in St. David's Pedidiog, Pembroke, Wales
  • Note:
    Sources for this Information:
    date: [Ref: Tapsell Dynasties p178]
  • Burial: 1197 St. David's Cathedral, Pebidiog, Pembrokeshire, Wales 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
  • Occupation: Bet 1155 and 1197 King Of Deheubarth (South Wales) 1
  • _UID: D0FAD3B419585A4BAE770B5070D2F867887F
  • Change Date: 13 Feb 2013 at 20:06
  • Note:
    He was the Lord Of Deheubert.

    He was the Prince Of Deheubarth
    Sources: History of the Morgan Family; Dictionary of National Biography.
    King of South Wales, 1158.
    "Born i n Ireland and known in Welsh history as
    Yr Arglwydd Rhys,' The Lord Rhys. Married Gwenillian, daughter of Meda ap Meredith, Prince of Powys. Rhys won recog nition of his crown from King Henry II in 1158 and built Dynevor Castle. He ha d a daughter Gwenillian and sons Hywel, Griffith, Rhys, Cynwrig and Meredith. Rhys is buried at St. David's Cathedral. The Morgan family connection with the Royal Family of Britain derives from Lord Rhys."
    ******
    King of South Wales, 1158.


    BIOGRAPHY: Reigned BET. 1155 - 1197 In 1158 Submitted to Henry II and dropped title of King, being Known as the Lord Rhys

    Prince of Wales
    Rhys was one of the more successful and powerful Welsh princes, but ev en he was forced to acknowledge English supremacy, and did so by accepti ng the title of "Lord" rather than "Prince" or "King", becoming The Lord R hys (in Welsh, "Yr Arglwydd Rhys"). Rhys was the youngest son of Gruffy dd ap Rhys, a prince of Deheubarth, and of Gwenllian, a sister of Owain Gw ynedd. He was probably born in Ireland. Both his parents died when he w as around four years old, Gwenllian as a result of leading her husband's a rmy into battle in his absence, Gruffydd himself on his return. He was bro ther to Anarawd, Cadell, Maredudd. After the death of their father in 113 7, all four brothers ruled and worked to expand the kingdom and raid neigh bouring princes. Following the death (Anarawd (1143) and Maredudd (1155 )) or disablement (Cadell) of all his brothers he became sole ruler of t he kingdom by 1155. He proceeded to challenge the new king of England, Hen ry II (reigned 11541189). Having successfully held out against Henry f or a year or two, Rhys was defeated and most of his territory was taken fr om him. This was the point at which he agreed to pay homage to Henry, a nd peace temporarily reigned. In 1162, Rhys took advantage of Henry's abs ence in Normandy to attempt to recover some of his lost lands. This result ed once again in defeat, following which Rhys was taken to England as a pr isoner. Once released, however, he went back to his old defiant ways. Henr y, preoccupied with domestic problems, could not respond effectively, a nd the failure of the English troops in Wales and troubles in England help ed Rhys to prosper. After the death of Owain Gwynedd in 1170 he was acknow ledged leader of the Welsh princes and called himself "Prince of South Wal es". In 1171 he signed a pact with Henry II and helped the king suppre ss the rebellion of 117374. After Henry's death, Rhys was again active, re volting against Richard I and deeply involved in internal Welsh feuds. Rh ys found it difficult to maintain his position, and was obliged to enter i nto a protracted struggle against the Norman lord, William de Braose. He d ied peacefully, an old man at the peak of his power, in 1197. He was succ eeded by his son Gruffydd ap Rhys. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )
    "AP GRIFFITH/GRUFFYDD""THE LORD RHYS"; PRINCE/LORD/KING OF SOUTH WALES (DEHEUBARTH) 1170-1197
    Prince of Deheubarth

    [De La Pole.FTW]
    Sources: History of the Morgan Family; Dictionary of Nation al Biography.
    King of South Wales, 1158. "Born in Ireland and know n in Welsh history as Yr Arglwydd Rhys,' The Lord Rhys. Mar ried Gwenillian, daughter of Meda ap Meredith, Prince of Po wys. Rhys won recognition of his crown from King Henry II i n 1158 and built Dynevor Castle. He had a daughter Gwenilli an and sons Hywel, Griffith, Rhys, Cynwrig and Meredith. Rh ys is buried at St. David's Cathedral. The Morgan family co nnection with the Royal Family of Britain derives from Lor d Rhys." ****** King of Sout h Wales, 1158.

    SOURCES: 1. Bartrum, Peter C. _Welsh Genealogies, AD 300 -1400_. University of
    Wales Press, 1978; "Rhys ap Tewdwr 4", page 779.
    2. Morgan, Dennis. _A History of the Morgan Family_.
    3. _Dictionary of National Biography_.
    Reigned BET. 1155 - 1197 In 1158 Submitted to Henry II an d dropped title of King, being Known as the Lord Rhys
    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    Schwennicke, Detlev, ed., Europaische Stammtafeln: Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der europaischen Staaten, New Series. III.1 (#1-#200): Herzogs und Grafenhauser des Heiligen Romischen Reiches Andere Europaische Furstenhauser. Marburg: Verlag von J. A. Stargardt, 1984.
    RESEARCH NOTES:
    Prince of South Wales [Ref: ES III.1 #158]
    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    Tapsell, R. F., Monarchs, Rulers, Dynasties and Kingdoms of the World. New York: Facts on File Publications, 1983.
    RESEARCH NOTES:
    1153-1197: Prince of Deheubarth [Ref: Tapsell Dynasties p178]




    Father: Gruffydd Ap Rhys b: 1090 in Dynevor Castle, Llandilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales
    Mother: Gwenllian Verch Gruffydd b: 1098 in Caernarvonshire, Wales

    Marriage 1 Ystedur Verch Caradog b: 1129
    • Married: 1148
    • Note: _STATMARRIED
    • Change Date: 20 Jun 2011
    Children
    1. Has No Children Margaret (Marered) Verch Rhys b: 1150
    2. Has No Children Hywel "Sais" Ap Rhys b: Abt 1148

    Marriage 2 Gwenllian Verch Madog b: Abt 1110 in Powys, Montgomershire, Wales
    • Married:
    • Note:
      Sources for this Information:
      child: [Ref: ES III.1 #158]
    • Change Date: 23 Oct 2012
    Children
    1. Has Children Meredith
    2. Has No Children Angharad Ferch Rhys b: 1148 in Wales
    3. Has No Children ?
    4. Has No Children Maelgwn Fawr Ap Rhys b: Abt 1158
    5. Has Children Gruffydd Ap Rhys, Prince Of Deheubarth
    6. Has No Children Rhys Gryg Ap Rhys b: Abt 1150 in Carmarthenshire, Wales
    7. Has No Children Nest Ferch Rhys b: 1152
    8. Has No Children Gruffudd Ap Rhys b: 1153 in Dynevor Castle, Llandilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales
    9. Has No Children Cadwgan Ap Rhys b: 1156
    10. Has No Children Catherine Verch Rhys b: 1157
    11. Has No Children Gryg 'The Hoarse' Ap Rhys b: 1171
    12. Has No Children Margred Verch Rhys
    13. Has Children Gwenllian Verch Rhys b: 1158 in Llandilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales
    14. Has No Children Maredudd "The Blind" Ap Rhys b: 1158
    15. Has No Children Morgan Ap Rhys
    16. Has No Children Hywel "The Englishman" Ap Rhys b: 1159 in Carmarthenshire, Wales
    17. Has No Children Rhys "Gryg" Ap Rhys b: 1150 in Carmarthenshire, Wales
    18. Has No Children Maelgwyn Ap Rhys b: Abt 1170

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