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OWAIN ap CADWGAN (d. 1116 ), prince of Powys .

He has earned notoriety because of his abduction of Nest (q.v.) in 1109 , and the murder in 1110 of a leading member of the Flemish colony in Dyfed , incidents which gained him the lasting enmity of those injured thereby; indeed he d. at the hands of a party of Flemings led by Nest 's husband, Gerald of Windsor , when, in 1116 , he was campaigning on behalf of the king against a fellow- prince in South Wales . Meanwhile, after two short periods of exile in Ireland , he had succeeded his father, Cadwgan ap Bleddyn (q.v.) , as ‘ king in Powys ( 1111 ). After the royal expedition into Wales in 1114 , Henry I , who had always shown considerable patience with Owain , took the precaution of taking him to Normandy where he was knighted in 1115 . He left no direct descendants.


  • A History of Wales: from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


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

Published date: 1959