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Rhys ap Maredudd

Died: 1292   

Welsh rebel. His parents were Maredudd ap Rhys Gryg (d. 1271), lord of Dryslwyn (Carmarthenshire), and Isabel, daughter of William (II) Marshal, earl of Pembroke.

Rhys supported Edward I when he went to war with Prince Llywelyn in March 1282, and was rewarded for his loyalty. However, by 1286 his relationship with Edward had soured and the following year he rebelled against the king. Edward mounted a three-week siege on Rhys's fortress of Dryslwyn. Rhys escaped and evaded capture until April 1292 when he was arrested, brought before the king at York and drawn and hanged on 2 June. The failure of Rhys' rebellion facilitated the completion of the English conquest of west Wales.

Sites associated with this person

Talley Abbey, Carmarthenshire (patron)

Bibliographical sources

Printed sources

Maund, Kari, The Welsh Kings (Tempus: Stroud, 2000) pp. 139, 141, 147

Web links (open in new window)

Griffiths, R. A., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online - Rhys ap Maredudd (View website)