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Owain Cyfeiliog; Owain ap Gruffudd , ruler of S. Powys

Born: c. 1130   Died: 1197   

Ruler in S. Wales renowned for his justice and moderation. He founded Strata Marcella and took the Cistercian habit there shortly before his death in 1197.

Gerald of Wales names Owain Cyfeiliog as one of three rulers of south Wales who was noted for his justice, prudence, and moderation.

Sites associated with this person

Beddgelert Priory, Gwynedd (benefactor)

Strata Marcella Abbey, Powys (founder)

Bibliographical sources

Printed sources

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)

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

Web links (open in new window)

Tout, T. F., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online - Owain Cyfeiliog (View website) (Subscription reqd.)