Gruffydd Maelor II

(b. c. 1200)

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B. c.1200, s. of Madog ap Gruffydd and Isota; acc. 1236; m. Emma, da. of Henry, Lord Audley; issue: Madog, Llywelyn, Owain, Gruffydd; d. Dec. 1269; bur. Valle Crucis.

Gruffydd ruled northern Powys in difficult and turbulent times. He gave support in 1241 to Henry III in his campaign against Dafydd ap Llywelyn, and was given a pension. But as the English king ran into increasing difficulties, Gruffydd was exposed. In 1256 his lands were overrun by Llywelyn ap Gruffydd and he was forced to change sides. He stayed with Llywelyn until his death in 1269, after which his territories were divided among his four sons.

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