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Tegonwy ap Teon

Birthplace: Cegidfa, Powys, Wales (United Kingdom)
Death: circa 790 (46-63)
Powys, Wales (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Son of Teon ap Gwineu
Father of Bleddud ap Tegonwy; Caenog ap Tegonwy and Iorwerth HIrflawdd ap Tegonwy

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About Tegonwy ap Teon

See Peter Bartrum, https://www.geni.com/documents/view?doc_id=6000000173396507821 (February 7, 2023; Anne Brannen, curator)

See Darrell Wolcott, http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id99.html, for a chart of this family. (September 6, 2016, Anne Brannen, curator)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: Ancient Powys; http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id79.html. (Steven Ferry, October 8, 2019.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: The Shropshire Walcot Family - Chart II: Second Powys Dynasty; http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id99.html. (Steven Ferry, May 14, 2020.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: The Shropshire Walcot Family - Chart IV: Arwystli Dynasty; http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id95.html. (Steven Ferry, May 23, 2020.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: The Retaking of Northeast Wales in the 10th Century; http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id60.html. (Steven Ferry, May 25, 2020.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: Maredudd ap Robert, Lord of Cedewain; http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id67.html. (Steven Ferry, July 12, 2020.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: The Enigmatic Elystan Glodrydd; http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id199.html. (Steven Ferry, August 11, 2020.)

Please see Darrel Wolcott: The Family of Trahaearn ap Caradog; http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id240.html. (Steven Ferry, August 29, 2020.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: Ednowain Bendew ap Neiniad; http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id252.html. (Steven Ferry, January 9, 2021.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: The Men of Pennant Melangell in Mochnant; http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id289.html. (Steven Ferry, February 8, 2022.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: The Clan of Tudor Trevor; http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id55.html. (Steven Ferry, May 5, 2022.)


History and Origins of Guilsfield / ìCegidfa

In the past Guilsfield was known as Cegidfa, the place where hemlock grows. At some period in our history, probably after the Act of Henry VIII which created Montgomeryshire, some English ìOfficialsî decided to find out what Cegidfa meant ñ Either they did not know that Cegid was Welsh for hemlock, or they scorned such a simple explanation. Instead they came up with the following theory:-

  • ìCegidfa is the place of Egid ( Not Cegid)
  • Egid is short for Egidius.
  • Egidius is the Latin for Giles.
  • Therefore Cegidfa had been named in honour of St Giles and must be known in future as Gilesfieldî.

We do not know who was responsible for this tortuous piece of reasoning. The late R.M.Owen, a well known local historian, blamed the monks of Strata Marcella Abbey. Be that as it may, the two names seem to have existed side by side for many years until Guilsfield was adopted.

Guilsfield Church

"The original church of Saint Aelhaiarn built before 600, was probably a simple barn-like structure. Guilsfield is one of the few churches in Wales which has a circular churchyard with a road going all round it.

"In the porch is an ancient box, made from a hollowed out tree and having three locks. It is very like the box in Clynnog Church, which is said to have belonged to Saint Beuno.

"The font is a very old one, probably dating back to 1000 AD, the bowl is octagonal in shape, and on each alternate section is carved a head, very much knocked about now,

"The tower was built in the 12th century according to Mr. Millward the architect, and cased over with the present masonry in the 15th century after the building of the present church.

"While Guilsfield was continuing its quiet life, stirring events were going on in other parts of Powys. William the Conqueror had sent his faithful friend, Roger of Montgomery to Shrewsbury- to use that place as a base for conquering Wales, After building a castle and church at Shrewsbury, Roger advanced into Wales via Minsterley, and built a "Motte and Bailey" which he named Montgomery after his home in Normandy. He left a garrison there and went back to Shrewsbury. (A Motte was a small hill with a fortification on the top, and the bailey was the yard round it, also surrounded by a fence.)

"In 1095 Cadogan ap Bleddyn, Prince of Powys came along, burnt the place to the ground and carried the war against the Normans as far as Hereford. Cadogan admired this new style of fortification, and built one for himself at Welsh-pool. The motte was cut in half when the station was built, but it can still be seen, and the- bailey is today the bowling green of the Welsh-pool Bowling Club - Later on, in 1109, deciding that the position was not good enough, the Prince built the first castle on the hill above Welshpool, a position which gave him security and defence.

"Although Edward I had conquered Wales.in 1282, only the western part was governed by the King's officials. The eastern part was still ruled by the Marcher Lords, proud imperious barons, who ruled their territories as they chose with their private armies. In 1309 one of these Marcher Lords acquired the land of the late Prince of Powys through marriage

"The Welsh, sullenly made the best their misfortune, Many young Welshmen joined Edward I n his wars, in France, At first a wild undisciplined rabble, bent only on plundering everything in sight, they became famous all over Europe for their courage and skill with their deadly long bows. Religion was the people's greatest: solace and the Parish Church their refuge from the miseries of life, and it was at this time that Guilsfield People felt the need to rebuild their church to provide more accommodation. This need was met it such a generous way that the accommodation has been adequate for all time since."

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Tegonwy ap Teon's Timeline

Cegidfa, Powys, Wales (United Kingdom)
Powys, Wales
Age 55
Powys, Wales (United Kingdom)