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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 (q.v.) and Gwladus , daughter of Gruffydd ap Rhys ap Tewdwr (q.v.) . Always an unwilling vassal of the Norman lords of Glamorgan , he was closely identified with the policy of his cousin, the ‘lord’ Rhys (q.v.) , and was probably the leader of the Glamorgan rising of 1183 (?) . He was twice m.: (1) to Gwenllian , daughter of Ifor Bach (q.v.) ; (2) to Gwerful , daughter of Idnerth ap Cadwgan . He had at least four sons of whom the third, Morgan Gam (q.v.) , succeeded him. A daughter, Sybil , appears to have m. into the family of Turberville of Coity .

Bibliography:

  • A History of Wales ;
  • G. T. Clark , Cartae et Alia Munimenta quae ad Dominium de Glamorgan pertinent , second ed., 1910 ;
  • D. Rhys Phillips , The Hist. of the Vale of Neath , Swansea, 1925 .

Author:

Professor Thomas Jones Pierce, M.A., F.S.A., (1905-1964), Aberystwyth



Giraldus Cambrensis ( Itin. , i, cap. 8) 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 wrongly 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 came the lordship of Miskin — his son, HYWEL , had to surrender it to the Clares (qq.v.) c. 1245 . CADWALLON held the lordship of Glynrhondda Cadwallon 's grandson, OWAIN , was its last Welsh lord , for before 1295 the Clares had absorbed this lordship as well. According to Giraldus ( Itin. , i, cap. 7), this Cadwallon was killed by his brother OWAIN , who d. soon afterwards.

Bibliography:

  • G. T. Clark , Cartae et Alia Munimenta quae ad Dominium de Glamorgan pertinent , second ed., 1910 ;
  • W. de Gray Birch , History of Margam Abbey , 1897 , chapters 13 and 20;
  • J. S. Corbett , Glamorgan Papers and Notes on the Lordship and its members , 1925 , 59-67;
  • J. E. Lloyd , A History of Wales (consult index and the genealogical table on p. 771).

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor