Merfyn ("Mervin") Frych

Male Abt 780 - 844  (~ 64 years)

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  • Name Merfyn ("Mervin") Frych  [1
    Born Abt 780  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 844  [1
    • [dunbar_tree.FTW]

      Known as "the Freckled." "The Earliest English Kings," D. P. Kirby (London: outledge, 1992), p. 212: "The advent to royal power in 825 of Merfyn Frych ap Gwriad, a Powys prince with possible Manx connections, whose father had married a daughter of
      Cynan ap Rhodri, king of Gwynedd, established the second dynasty of Gwynedd. Merfyn's marriage to Nest, sister of Cyngen ap
      Cadell, king of Powys, strenthened the Powysian associations of this second dynasty...." offers (2001):
      "Merfyn Frych, King of Gwynedd & Ynys Manaw (c.780-844)(Welsh-Merfyn, Latin-Marbinus, English-Mervin) Merfyn the Freckled was the son of King Guriat of Ynys Manaw, heir to the lost Kingdom of South Rheged. His mother was Esyllt ferch Cynan, the
      heiress of Gwynedd, and after the death of her uncle in AD 825, the throne was secured for Merfyn. He crossed from Ynys Manaw (Isle of Man), where he was almost certainly already King, to bring a new stability as well as a new dynasty to
      Gwynedd after many years of Civil War. He reigned for 19 years and, sadly, though Gwynedd gained from his rule, an absentee monarch left Manaw open to invasion. The Hiberno-Viking, Godred mac Fergus established himself there in 836 and the country ws
      never recovered. Merfyn died in AD 844."
    Person ID I1688  Bratt Family Tree
    Last Modified 11 May 2007 

    Father Gwiard,   b. Abt 750 
    Mother Eisyllt 
    Married Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F916  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family of Powys Nesta 
    Married Yes, date unknown 
    +1. Rhodri Mawr, of All Wales,   b. 844,   d. 878  (Age 34 years)
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2015 
    Family ID F871  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S9] Dunbar family tree, Albert E. Myers.
      Date of Import: Mar 1, 2003