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Gruffudd ap Cynan

Died: 1200   

Gruffudd was a nephew of the Lord Rhys and an early benefactor of Aberconwy. In 1198 he wrote to the Cistercian General Chapter requesting to found an abbey; this resulted in the establishment of Cymer Abbey which was patronised by his brother, Maredudd (d. 1212), and his son, Hywel (d. 1216). Gruffudd was buried at Aberconwy.

Sites associated with this person

Aberconwy 1 Abbey, Conwy (benefactor; buried at house)

Cymer Abbey, Gwynedd (founder)

Bibliographical sources

Printed sources

Gem, R., 'Gruffudd ap Cynan and the Romanesque church of Penmon, Anglesey', in The Archaeology of Early Medieval Celtic Churches, Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph, 29 / Society for Church Archaeology Monograph, 1 (Maney: Leeds, 2009), pp. 301-312

Kightly, C., A Mirror of Medieval Wales: Gerald of Wales and his Journey of 1188, ed. D. M. Robinson (Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments: Cardiff, 1988)

Robinson, David M., The Cistercians in Wales: Architecture and Archaeology 1130-1540, Society of Antiquaries of London, Research Committee Report (London, 2006) p. 235

Stephenson, David, 'The rulers of Gwynedd and Powys', in Monastic Wales: New Approaches, ed. Janet Burton and Karen Stöber (University of Wales: Cardiff, 2013), pp. 89-102