Friday, November 16, 2012

Cynrig (JF-1)

The Normans had arrived into north Wales.  This certainly added another dimension to the Welsh tribal wars.  J.E. Lloyd in his "A History of Wales from the Norman Invasion to the Edwardian Conquest" describes a conflict between a chieftain from Powys [ Cynwrig ap Rhiwallon of Maelor ] and the folks from Gwynedd. (p. 17)  This conflict lead to his death around 1073 - 1075 AD.  The following chart shows this Cynrig [sp. Cynwrig, Kynfrig ] who is my Cynrig (JF-1).

His spouse is named Judy (JF-2) and in some records listed as Ann.  According to Maund (ref. 7) he was slain in 1075 AD, and according to Nicholas (ref. 6) he was killed 1073 AD.  His death leads to reprisal from some 1st cousins who are called "the sons of Rhys Sais".   The family feuds continue.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rhiwallon (JE-1)

The next branch in the family tree is Rhiwallon (JE-1) [also spelled Rywallon].  He was the son of Dingad (JD-3), who was the son of Tudor Trevor (JC-1) given in Burke p.844 as "Rywallon (Rywallon ap Dingad ap Tudor-Trevor, Lord of Bromfield, co. Denibigh".  He lived just before the Norman invasion when Wales was in grips of what could be call "Family Feuds".  Civil war, lots of head knocking, and killing of cousins to gain that upper position. [lived ca. 1000 AD - 1050 AD]

Bromfield was the land area that had felt the attacks of the Saxons, and the placement of those fences called Wats Dyke and Offa's Dyke.  It was part of Maelor Gymraeg (Welsh Maelor) and under Norman rule was to contain the ancient parishes of Wrexham, Gresford, Ruabon, Marchwiel, Eristock, Capelry of Holt, and Bangor-is-y-Coed. [on the left side of the Dee]   Back and forth the struggle must have been.  The term "wallon" means "ruler" and the word "rhi" means "too" or "very"... a "very ruler"?...or maybe a "too ruler"? meaning a ruler also?  Anyway, it was not a good time to be, or claim to be a ruler in Wales.

His spouse was named Lettice.  Her father was name Cadwaladr the son of Peredur Goch.  So goes the family tree.