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Name  Anarawd Gruffydd
Aunts  Nest ferch Rhys
Grandparents  Rhys ap Tewdwr
Parents  Gruffydd ap Rhys
Died  1143

Cousins  Maurice FitzGerald, Lord of Lanstephan, Robert FitzStephen
People also search for  Cadell ap Gruffydd, Gruffydd ap Rhys

Anarawd ap Gruffydd (died 1143) was a Prince of Deheubarth in Southwest Wales.



Anarawd was the eldest son of Gruffydd ap Rhys. On the death of his father in 1137, Anarawd took over the rule of Deheubarth.


In 1136 he and his brother Cadell ap Gruffydd joined with the Prince of Gwynedd, Owain Gwynedd and the latter's brother Cadwaladr ap Gruffydd in an assault on Cardigan Castle which was in Norman hands. The assault was aided by a fleet of Viking ships, but an agreement was reached and the siege lifted.

Dispute with Canterbury

In 1140 Anarawd again supported Owain Gwynedd, this time in the dispute with the Archbishop of Canterbury about the appointment of a Bishop of Bangor.

Death by treachery

However, in 1143 Anarawd was treacherously killed by the men of Owain's brother Cadwaladr. Cadwaladr himself was strongly suspected of having ordered the killing. This greatly angered Owain, for Anarawd had been a key ally and was about to marry Owain's daughter. Owain sent his son Hywel ab Owain Gwynedd to strip Cadwaladr of his lands in Ceredigion in punishment.


Anarawd was followed on the throne of Deheubarth by his brother Cadell.

His son, Einion ab Anarawd, was killed by his own servant in 1163, apparently on the orders of Roger de Clare, 3rd Earl of Hertford.


Anarawd ap Gruffydd Wikipedia

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