Rhodri ab Owain

(d. 1175)

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S. of Owain Gwynedd and Christina; acc. 1175; m. da. of Rhys ap Gruffydd, 1188; issue: Gruffydd; d. 1195; bur. Holyhead.

One of the many sons of Owain Gwynedd, Rhodri participated in the fighting which followed Owain's death. In 1171 he joined his brother Dafydd in killing their half-brother, Hywel, and in the subsequent share-out took the western parts of Gwynedd. He quarrelled with Dafydd, was imprisoned, but escaped and regained Anglesey and the adjacent mainland. There he was visited in 1188 by Gerald of Wales on his celebrated tour. Two years later Rhodri was attacked and dispossessed by his nephews, Gruffydd and Maredudd. He seems to have taken refuge in the Isle of Man, promising to marry the daughter of Ragnall, king of the island. Manx forces helped him to recover Anglesey briefly, but he died in 1195.

Subjects: British History.

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