The Perry-Poole Family Tree - Person Sheet
The Perry-Poole Family Tree - Person Sheet
NameLlywelyn “The Great” , Ruler of All Wales
Birth1173, Aberfraw Castle, Caernarvonshire, Wales
Death11 Apr 1240, Aberconwy, Gwynedd, Wales
BurialAberconwy Abbey, Gwynedd, Wales
Misc. Notes
Prince of Gwynedd (1194 - 1240)
Ruler of All Wales (c1203 - 1240)

Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (c. 1173–April 11, 1240) was a Prince of Gwynedd and eventually ruler of much of Wales. Although he is often referred to as a Prince of Wales, his official title was "Prince of Aberffraw and Lord of Snowdonia" (the first "official" Prince of Wales was his son, Dafydd). He was also known as Llywelyn the Great or, in Welsh, Llywelyn Fawr, one of only two Welsh rulers to bear this title, the other being Rhodri the Great.

Llywelyn was born in 1173, probably at Dolwyddelan, the grandson of Owain Gwynedd. Little is known about his father Iorwerth Drwyndwn, who may have died when Llywelyn was an infant. Certainly he is not recorded as taking part in the power struggle between some of Owain Gwynedd's other sons following Owain's death in 1170, although he was the eldest surviving son. Llywelyn's mother was Marared, also called Margaret, daughter of Madog ap Maredudd prince of Powys. There is some evidence that after Iorwerth's death Marared married into the Corbet family of Caux in Shropshire, and it has been suggested that Llywelyn may have spent part of his boyhood here.

Llywelyn appears to have suffered a paralytic stroke in 1237, and from this time on his heir Dafydd took an increasing part in the rule of the principality. Llywelyn died in 1240 at Aberconwy Abbey which he had founded, and was buried there. This abbey was later moved to Maenan near Llanrwst, and Llywelyn's stone coffin can be seen in Llanrwst parish church.

Gruffydd was killed attempting to escape from the Tower of London in 1244, leaving the field clear for Dafydd, but Dafydd himself died without heirs in 1246, and was eventually succeeded by his nephew, Gruffydd's son, Llywelyn the Last.
Birthabt 1168, Rhos, Denbighshire, Wales
ChildrenGwladus Dou (Gladys the Black) (~1205-1251)
ChildrenHelen (~1235-~1295)
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