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Gwladus verch Dafydd Gam

Also Known As: "Gladice ferch Dauid Game", "Gwaldis", "Gwladys Ddu"
Birthplace: Llan Ddew, Peutun, Breconshire, Wales (United Kingdom)
Death: 1454 (79-81)
Hereford, Herefordshire, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Herbert Chapel, St. Mary's Priory Church, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Dafydd Gam ap Llewelyn and Gwenllian verch Gwilym
Wife of Sir Roger Vaughan of Bredwardine, Kt. and Sir William ap Thomas, The Blue Knight of Gwent
Mother of Sir Thomas Vaughan, of Hergest; Sir Roger Vaughan of Tretower, Kt.; Elizabeth Vaughan; Watkin Vaughan; Elizbeth ferch Sir Roger Vaughan and 8 others
Sister of Margred verch Dafydd Gam; Thomas ap Dafydd; Morgan ap Dafydd Gam and N.N. verch Sir Dafydd Gam

Occupation: Known as "The Star of Abergavenny"; Legend has it she was so beloved by her people that 3000 knights, nobles and weeping peasantry followed her body from Coldbrook House to the Herbert Chapel of St. Mary's Priory Church where she was buried.
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About Gwladus verch Dafydd Gam

See Peter Bartrum, (January 31, 2018; Anne Brannen, curator)

See Peter Bartrum, (December 7, 2017; Anne Brannen, curator)

See Peter Bartrum, (July 5, 2017; Anne Brannen, curator)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: The Herbert Family Pedigree; (Steven Ferry, April 21, 2020.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: Family of Drymbenog ap Maenyrch of Brycheiniog; (Steven Ferry, May 21, 2023.)


Gwladys was named "the star of Abergavenny"

  • Father: Dafydd 'gam' Ap Llewellyn
  • Mother: Gwenllian Ferch Gwilym
  • Birth: 1395 Peutun, Llan-Ddew, Breconshire, Wales
  • Death: 1454
  • Burial: Priory Church, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • Spouse 1: Roger Vaughan Disc #75 Pin #644252
  • Marriage: 1409 Bredwardine, Herefordshire, England
  • Spouse 2: William Ap Thomas Herbert Disc #75 Pin #650359
  • Marriage: 1421 Bredwardine, Herefordshire, England


Some of Dafydd's descendants, who adopted the surname 'Games' to mark their connection to him, remained one of the most powerful families in the Breconshire area till Stuart times.[5] They were noted for their support for Welsh bards. His beautiful daughter Gwladys ferch Dafydd Gam, the 'Star of Abergavenny', made two good marriages, the first to Sir Roger Vaughan, who also died at Agincourt. Her second was to Sir William ap Thomas of Raglan Castle who survived the battle. Her son became the extremely powerful William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1423-1469) and took the surname Herbert, later to become one of the most well known names in the nobility.

From Wikipedia:

Gwladus (the star of Abergavenny, as she was hailed by the poet Lewys Glyn Cothi), died in 1454 and her tomb and effigy can also be seen in Abergavenny in the Priory Church of St Mary.


    Gladys Dafydd is the daughter of Thomas ap Gwilym and Maud Morley.1 She married Sir William ap Thomas, son of Gwilym ap Jenkin and Gwenillian Hywel.

Child of Gladys Dafydd and Sir William ap Thomas

   * Richard Herbert+ d. Jul 1469


Buried Herbert Chapel, Priory Church, Y Fenni, Monmouthshire, Wales

COGNOMEN: She was calls "Ddû" on account of her dark hair. (Bradney, History of Monmouthshire, vol. 2 p. 3)

DISTINCTION: Lady Vaughan. (Bradney, History of Monmouthshire, vol. 2 p. 3)

RESIDENCE: Living at Coldbrook with her son Richard, as a widow, 1454. (Bradney, History of Monmouthshire, vol. 1 p. 338)

MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTION: Y Fenni> under the arch between the Herbert Chapel and the choir. (Bradney, History of Monmouthshire, vol. 1 p. 164, 165) MARWNAD {FUNERAL ELEGY}: An elegy written in a marwnad by Hywel ap Dafydd ab Ieuan ap Rhys, poet and historian of Glamorganshire, for her can be found on page 6 and 7. (Bradney, History of Monmouthshire, vol. 2 p. 6, 7) MARWNAD {FUNERAL ELEGY}: A marwnad was written by Lewys "Glyn Cothi" in which he calls her "Y Seren o'r Fenni {the Star of Abergavenny}. (Bradney, History of Monmouthshire, vol. 1 p. 186)



Spouses/Children: 1. Sir Roger VAUGHAN of Bredwardine

Watkin (Walter) VAUGHAN of Bredwardine Thomas VAUGHAN of Hergest, Esq. Sir Roger VAUGHAN of Tretower Court Elizabeth VAUGHAN+ Blanch VAUGHAN 2. Sir William ap THOMAS of Raglan Margaret HERBERT+ William HERBERT K.G., 1st Earl of Pembroke+ Born: Abt 1385, Peutun, Llan Ddew, Breconshire, Wales Married (1): 1403 Married (2): After 1415 Died: 1454

Research Notes:
"Dafydd's daughter, Gwladus, married into two of the most prominent families in fifteenth-century South Wales. Her first husband was Roger Fychan (or Vaughan) of Bredwardine (Herefs.), who supposedly died with his father-in-law at Agincourt having served as an archer in his retinue.... The three sons of Gwladus and Roger Fychan — Walter (or Watcyn), Thomas and Roger (d. 1471) — became staunch supporters of the House of York and great patrons of Welsh poets later in the century. Gwladus' second husband was Sir William ap Thomas of Raglan, progenitor of the Herbert family and another man who is supposed to have served at Agincourt. Though it should be remembered that the surviving musters for the 1415 campaign are far from complete, there is no mention of either Roger Fychan or William ap Thomas in any of the extant musters or financial documentation. Moreover, there are several factors which should give us pause in taking at face value the story that Roger Fychan died at Agincourt. First, we find, drawing on muster rolls for Henry V's invasion of Normandy in 1417, a man named Roger Fychan, a man-at-arms in the retinue of the earl of Warwick. While his origins are not specified, Roger was a sufficiently unusual name in a Welsh context for this at least to be noteworthy. If this is a reference to the same man it is unlikely that Roger lived much longer, but no alternative date of death has been suggested. Secondly, there is the survival of a memorial effigy said to be Roger's in the church at Bredwardine. Memorials present several difficulties as sources, not the least of which is that such effigies could have been supplied either some time before, or some time after, the death of the recipient. It is also the case that very little is known of the fates of the bodies of those on the English side killed at Agincourt, including that of Dafydd Gam. What is evident is that the style of armor on this effigy is rather later than that contemporary with Agincourt and is likely to date from around 1450. It has much in common, for example, with that of Sir William ap Thomas (d. 1445), which survives in Abergavenny Priory. Both effigies bear the Lancastrian SS collar, customarily worn by those in royal service. In Roger's case, such a tomb would hardly be in keeping with the status of an archer, but such a fine alabaster tomb would well reflect the status of his widow and, particularly, their children, who were so prominent in the "Herbert decades" of the 1450s and 1460s. Finally, the first written account suggesting that Roger Fychan died at Agincourt appears in Powell's Historie, demonstrating that it was current in the second half of the sixteenth century but was unknown before this time. It was later recited in Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick's editions of Dwnn's genealogies, published in the nineteenth century, and it is from there that Nicholas and Wylie took this detail, which has subsequently be taken at face value. .... What is remarkable about fifteenth-century poetic references to the descendants of Dafydd Gam and Roger Fychan is that their service in France (and their definite or apparent deaths) is never recorded. Two generations after 1415 one of Dafydd's grandsons, Philip Fychan, was killed by a cannon ball at the siege of Harlech in 1468; the poet Huw Cae Llwyd in an elegy mentions both Philip's illustrious grandfather and Philip's own service in France. What Huw failed to do, however, was to commemorate Dafydd's death in more noble circumstances at Agincourt. Perhaps this is not surprising given the proximity of Agincourt to the end of a failed national rebellion. Equally, since the majority of their descendants took the Yorkist side in the domestic wars of the fifteenth century, the memory of Dafydd's consistent support of the Lancastrian regime during the rebellion might have been uncomfortable. Even so, Agincourt remains perhaps the only battle of the Hundred Years War not recorded in Welsh poetry. In light of the evidence discussed above, however, it seems that, for Watcyn Llwyd and Roger Fychan, no grandiose commemoration of their deaths at Agincourt was appropriate: they did not die there."

  Marriage Information:

Gwladus married Sir Roger VAUGHAN of Bredwardine, son of Roger VAUGHAN of Bredwardine and Anne DEVEREUX, in 1403. (Sir Roger VAUGHAN of Bredwardine was born about 1377 in Bredwardine, Herefordshire, England and died on 25 Oct 1415 at the Battle of Agincourt, France.)

   Marriage Information:

Gwladus also married Sir William ap THOMAS of Raglan, son of Sir Thomas ap GWILYM of Perth-Hir and Mawd MORLEY, Heiress of Llansantffraed, after 1415. (William ap THOMAS was born about 1377 in Plas yn-y-berth-hir (Perth-hir), Monmouthshire, Wales, died in 1446 in Raglan Castle, Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales and was buried in Priory Church, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales.)


Burke's Peerage; Journal of Medieval Military History: Volume IX: Soldiers, Weapons and Armies in the Fifteenth Century, Anne Curry, Adrian R. Bell (eds.), pp. 60-62

Gwladus Verch. Star of Abergavenny. Dafydd. Baroness of Bredwardine.


Birth 1378 • Llan, Breconshire, Wales

Death 1454 • Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, England

Gwladus Verch. Star of Abergavenny. Dafydd. Baroness of Bredwardine. was born in 1378 in Breconshire, Wales. She had one son with Sir Roger Vaughan Baron of Bredwardine in 1400. She died in 1454 in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales, having lived a long life of 76 years.


Gwladus Verch. Star of Abergavenny. Dafydd. Baroness of Bredwardine. was born in 1378 in Breconshire, Wales.

Llan, Breconshire, Wales

1378 • Llan, Breconshire, Wales


Age 22

Birth of Son

Her son Thomas ap Rosser Hergest Black was born in 1400 in Kington, Herefordshire, England.

Kington, Herefordshire, England

Thomas ap Rosser Hergest Black Vaughan


1400 • Kington, Herefordshire, England

25 Oct


Age 37

Death of Husband

Her husband Sir Roger passed away on October 25, 1415, in Pas-de-Calais, France, at the age of 38.

Battle of Agincourt, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

Sir Roger Vaughan Baron of Bredwardine


10/25/1415 • Battle of Agincourt, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France


Age 76


Gwladus Verch. Star of Abergavenny. Dafydd. Baroness of Bredwardine. died in 1454 in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales, when she was 76 years old.

Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, England

1454 • Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, England

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Gwladus verch Dafydd Gam's Timeline

Llan Ddew, Peutun, Breconshire, Wales (United Kingdom)
Hergest,, Kingston, Herefordshire, England (United Kingdom)
Raglan, Monmouthshire, UK
Age 31
Llan-Ddew, Breconshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Rhaglan, Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales (United Kingdom)
Bredwardine, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom
Tretower, Breconshire, Wales (United Kingdom)
Of Bredwardine, Herefordshire, England