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Roger (II) de Mortimer , lord of Wigmore

Died: 1214   

Roger was embroiled in conflict with the Welsh. He was imprisoned by Henry II when in 1179 his men unlawfully killed Cadwallon ap Madog, the ruler of Maelienydd, who was returning from court with a royal safe conduct.
In 1195, with English support, Roger brought Maelienydd under his control and rebuilt the castle at Cymaron. By the early thirteenth century he held supreme power in central Wales.

Sites associated with this person

Cwmhir Abbey, Powys (patron)

Bibliographical sources

Printed sources

Crump, J. J., 'The Mortimer family and the making of the march', in Thirteenth century England, 6, ed. M. Prestwich, R. H. Britnell and R. Frame (Woodbridge, 1997), pp. 117-126

Hopkinson, C., 'The Mortimers of Wigmore, 1086-1214', Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club, 46 (1989), pp. 177-193

Hopkinson, Charles, 'The Mortimers of Wigmore, 1282-1330', Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club, 48 (1995), pp. 303-34

Remfry, P.M., The Political History of Abbey Cwmhir, 1176 to 1282 and the Families of Elystan Godrydd, Mortimer and the Princes of Gwynedd (Worcester, 1994,)

Web links (open in new window)

Mason, J. F. A., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online - Roger (II) Mortimer (View website) (Subscription reqd.)