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Saint Gwladys Gwawr verch Brychan

Also Known As: "Gwawr", "Saint Gwawr", "Saint Gwladus", "Saint Gladys", "Saint Claudia", "Goddeu", "Saint Gwrygon", "Gwrugon"
Birthplace: Manau Gododdin, Wales (United Kingdom)
Death: circa 520 (51-69)
Vascinity of Caerphilly, Ancient Wales
Immediate Family:

Daughter of St. Brychan Gododdin, Brenin Brycheiniog and Prawst verch Tudwal
Wife of Elidir Lydanwyn ap Meirchion, Brenin Rheged
Mother of Helydd verch Elidir and Llywarch Hen ab Elidir
Sister of Rhain ap Brychan; Gwdfil ferch Brychan; St. Gwenllian ferch Brychan; Nyfain verch Brychan; Gwrygon Goddeu verch Brychan and 1 other
Half sister of St. Nennocha Wencu Gwengustle verch Brychan; Lluan ferch Brychan; St. Adwen . verch Brychan; St. Cadog ap Gwynllyw; Nevydd . ap Brychan and 71 others

Occupation: Princess & Queen Consort & Catholic Saint
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About Saint Gwladys, Princess of Brycheiniog Wales, Queen-Consort of Gwynllwg Wales

Saint Gwladys/ Saint Gwawr (Latin: Claudia; English: Gladys),

Princess of Brycheiniog Wales,
Queen-Consort of Gwynllwg Wales===
(Born c.AD 460)

Princess Gwladys was the eldest - and best attested - daughter of the saintly Irish-immigrant Saint Brychan King of Brycheiniog in Wales.

With her countless brothers and sisters, she was raised at the Royal & Christian Court at Garthmadrun Talgarth, where she grew into a beautiful young woman. Before long she came to the notice of some of the most eligible bachelors around, particularly Brycheiniog's menacing neighbour King Gwynllyw Farfog "Woolos the Bearded" of Gwynllwg Wales.

King Gwynllyw sent envoys to King Brychan requesting the hand of his daughter in marriage, but the saintly king sent them away. Gwynllyw was a rough pagan warrior king, quite unsuitable for his delicate offspring. Gwynllyw, however, was not so easily put off and decided he would take Gwladys by force. With three hundred men to help him, he made a daring raid on Brycheiniog and made off with Princess Gwladys. King Brychan pursued him as far as Fochriw where the two were accosted by their High-King, Arthur. Struck by the lady's beauty, this historic Arthur was, at first, tempted to take her for himself; but his fellows persuaded him to support King Gwynllyw's cause, and King Brychan was eventually brought around to it.

As Gwynllyw's Queen-Consort, Gwladys reigned with her husband as a pious and wise monarch, tempering his often rash behaviour. They became the parents of Cadoc (later Saint Cadoc the Wise), Eigion, Cyfyw, Maches, and Glywys. Cadog - if not all the children - was raised as a Catholic by St. Tathyw at Caerwent, probably at his mother's insistence, and he later converted his father to Catholicism.

In her last years, Queen Gwladys lived apart from her husband as a hermit in Pencarnau and, latterly, at the Capel Wladus in Gelligaer. Here she was buried, and a Celtic cross slab found there is thought to be her memorial, and can now be seen in the Gelligaer parish church. Since her death, she has been revered as a Saint. Her feast day is the same as her husband - March 29th.

Records of St. Gwaldys date back to the 11th century.



See Peter Bartrum, (February 5, 2023; Anne Brannen, curator)

Gododdin were Brythonic people of NE Britain in the sub-Roman period.

ID: I51306

Name: Gwawr ferch BRYCHAN

Given Name: Gwawr ferch

Surname: Brychan

Sex: F

Change Date: 13 MAY 2009



!Arch Rec: Plantagenent Ancestry; Ancestral Lines; Royal Ancestors of Magna

Charta Barons; Brychan documents; History of Breckonshire; Bonedd Y Sain;

(Birth 425);


Birth: 472 in Brycheiniog, Breconshire, Wales, United Kingdom

Reference Number: > 292 WEL

Death: Y

Father: Brychan ap ANLACH b: 400 in Brycheiniog, Breconshire, Wales, United Kingdom

Mother: Ribrawst (Ribwast) of POWYS

Marriage 1 Elidir "Lydanwyn" ap MEIRCHION b: 457 in South Reged, Britain

Married: ABT 482


Llywarch "Hen" ap ELIDIR b: 484 in South Reged, Britain


Abbrev: Pedigree Resource File CD 6

Title: Pedigree Resource File CD 6 (Salt Lake City, UT: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 1999)serve, Inc., 1999)serve, Inc., 1999).


Gwawr Verch Brychan Princess Of BRYCHEINIOG

470 - Yes, date unknown

Birth Abt 470 Brycheiniog, Breconshire, Cymru (Wales)

Gender Female

Died Yes, date unknown

Person ID I6900 Carney Family Tree

Last Modified 19 Jan 2010

Father Brychan Ap Anllach King Of BRYCHEINIOG, b. Abt 419, Brycheiniog, Breconshire, Cymru (Wales) , d. Yes, date unknown

Mother Banhadlwedd Verch Banadl Of POWYS, b. Abt 434, Powys (Montgomeryshire), Cymru (Wales) , d. Yes, date unknown

Family ID F2659 Group Sheet

Family Elidyr "The Stout & Handsome" King Of RHEGED, b. Abt 462, South Rheged (Reged), Britain , d. Yes, date unknown


	1. Heledd Verch Elidyr Princess Of RHEGED,   b. Abt 510,   d. Yes, date unknown

2. Llywarch "The Old" Ap Elidyr King Of S RHEGED, b. Abt 520, South Rheged (Reged), Britain , d. 634, Bala, Wales
Elidyr (Elidir) Llydanwyn ap Meirchion "Stout & Handsome" King of South Rheged;Elidurus Filius Marchianus;-89676 [Parents].Elidyr married Gwawr Verch Brychan-89685.

Gwawr Verch Brychan-89685 [Parents] was born about 467. She married Elidyr (Elidir) Llydanwyn ap Meirchion "Stout & Handsome" King of South Rheged;Elidurus Filius Marchianus;-89676.

Other marriages:

Cadeyrn, Cadell I Ddyrnllwg ap

They had the following children:

		M	i	 Llywarch Hen ap "Lewis The Old" Elidir-89688 was born about 534. He died about 634.

ID: I108275


Sex: F

Birth: Abt 467 CE

Death: After 534 CE 1

Change Date: 13 Jan 2009 at 01:52


Mother: INGENACH b: Bef MCCVIII AVC = 455 CE



Change Date: 13 Jan 2009




Abbrev: Sutton Folk Family Tree 3175463.ged

Title: Sutton Folk Family Tree

Sutton Folk Family Tree 3175463.ged

Author: Folk, Linda Sutton



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Saint Gwladys ferch Brychan or St Gladys (Latin-Claudia), was the beautiful Queen of Saint Gwynllyw Milwr and one of the famous saintly daughters of King Brychan of Brycheiniog. She was the mother of one of the most revered Welsh saints, Saint Cadoc 'the Wise'.

[edit]Traditional history

The mediæval lives of Saint Cadoc (c. 1100) by Lifris[1] and of Saint Gwynllyw (c. 1120) [2] preserve legendary details of this saint though details frequently differ. She is also noted in Welsh king lists.

Half Irish, we have the most details on her of all of Brychan's children. Her beauty won the admiration of King Gwynllyw of Gwynllwg in South Wales. According to The Life of Saint Cadoc (c.1100) when her father refused to allow their marriage Gwynllyw accompanied by 300 men abducted her from Talgarth. A pitched battle occurred which was only stopped by the intervention of King Arthur and Cai and Bedwyr who supported Gwynllyw and his warband in the battle. This act only occurred after Cai managed to persuade Arthur not to abduct the beautiful Gwladys himself. This tale of abduction seems similar to elements in Culhwch and Olwen and other Arthurian stories indicating it originated in bardic stories. This is the earliest reference to Arthur in a Saint's life. According to the Life of Saint Gwynllyw this battle never occurred and the marriage was actually accomplished peacefully.

Gwaldys soon had a son, the famous saint Cadoc and other children also saints Cynidr, Bugi, Cyfyw, Maches, Glywys II and Egwine.

It was the prompting of Cadoc and Gwaldys that led Gwynllyw to abandon his life of violence and seek forgiveness for his sins. A vision led him to found a hermitage on what is now Stow Hill in Newport, South Wales. Gwladys accompanied Gwynllyw into a hermits life and for a while they lived together on Stow Hill, fasting, eating a vegetarian diet, and bathing in the cold waters of the Usk to prove their piety.

Later they moved further apart to prevent carnal sin. Saint Gwladys founding her own hermitage at Pencarn in Bassaleg, supposedly the site is at Pont Ebbw.[3] While there she bathed in the Ebbw River and the Lady's Well at Tredegar may have been dedicated to her. It has been suggested that site of St. Basil church, Bassaleg was originally dedicated to her.

Later at the urging of Cadoc she moved yet further to Capel Wladus in Gelligaer. Today her main church is St. Gwladys, Bargoed.

There is a supposed Burial place of St. Gwladys at Pont Ebbw.


^ Lifris, 'Vita sancti Cadoci', Vitae sanctorum Britanniae et genealogiae, ed. and trans. A. M. Wade-Evans (1944), 24–141

^ 'Vita sancti Gundleii', Vitae sanctorum Britanniae et genealogiae, ed. A. W. Wade-Evans (1944), 172–93

^ Lifris, 'Vita sancti Cadoci', Vitae sanctorum Britanniae et genealogiae, ed. and trans. A. M. Wade-Evans (1944), 24–141

[edit]External links

Saint Gwladys' life

Pictures of The Chapel of St Gwladys, Pont Ebbw, Near Newport, Mon


Manaw Gododdin was the narrow coastal region on the south side of the Firth of Forth , part of the Brythonic-speaking Kingdom of Gododdin in the post-Roman Era . Its notability is as the homeland of Cunedda prior to his conquest of North Wales , and as the homeland of the heroic warriors in the literary epic Y GododdinPressed by the Picts expanding southward and the Northumbrians expanding northward, it was permanently destroyed in the 7th century and its territory absorbed into the then-ascendant Kingdom of Northumbria . The lands both south and north of the Firth of Forth were known as 'Manaw', but from the post-Roman Era forward, only the southern side is referred to as Manaw Gododdin, the Manaw associated with the people of Gododdin. Manaw Gododdin was adjacent to – and possibly included in – Eidyn the region surrounding modern Edinburgh Though Manaw Gododdin was located within the territory of modern Scotland, as a part of Yr Hen Ogledd (English: The Old North) it is also an intrinsic part of Welsh history, as both the Welsh and the Men of the North (Welsh Gwŷr y Gogledd) were self-perceived as a single people, collectively referred to as Cymry.[2] The arrival in Wales of Cunedda of Manaw Gododdin in c. 450 is traditionally considered to be the beginning of the history of modern Wales The name appears in literature as both Manaw Gododdin and Manau Gododdin. The modern Welsh form is spelled with a 'w'.


Gwawr ferch Brychan was born circa 510 at of Brycheiniog gwlad, Breconshire, Wales, England; She was illegitimate.1 She married Elidir "Lydanwyn" ap Meirchion "Gul", son of Meirchion "Gul" ap Gwrwst "Ledlwn", circa 535 at England.1

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