Bleddyn ap Cynfyn 1064-75

Bleddyn ap Cynfyn held the kingship of both Gwynedd and Powys. He is also considered to have assisted in founding the Powys dynasty. The later ruler of Powys, Madog ap Maredudd in the early part of the 12th century claimed direct line of decent from him.

In some surviving copies of the Gruffudd ap Cynan statue which came to govern the Bardic tradition after the Caerwys Esteddfod in 1535 in which Bleddyn ap Cynfyn is mentioned. Specifically connected to the three bardic provinces of Wales; these being Aberffro in North Wales under the jurisdiction of Gruffud ap Cynan, Mathrafal in Mid Wales under Bleddyn ap Cynfyn; and Dinefur in South Wales under Lord Rhys. However this would appear to be historically dubious as Bleddyn ap Cynfyn lived prior to the provinces being under the stated jurisdiction of those concerned.

Bibilography

Morrice, J.C. M.A., The Manuel of Welsh Literature, Jarvis and Foster, Bangor 1909

Stephen, M., (Ed.) The New Companion to the Literature of Wales, University of Wales Press Cardiff, 1998

Thomas, G., Caerwys Eisteddfodau, Cardiff University Press 1968