Rhys Mechyll

Rhys Mechyll

Male - 1244

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  • Name Rhys Mechyll 
    Born (Wales) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Deheubarth (Welsh pronunciation: [d?'h??bar?]; lit. "Right-hand Part", thus "the South")[4] was a regional name for the realms of south Wales, particularly as opposed to Gwynedd (Latin: Venedotia). It is now used as a shorthand for the various realms united under the House of Dinefwr, but that Deheubarth itself was not considered a proper kingdom on the model of Gwynedd, Powys, or Dyfed[5] is shown by its rendering in Latin as dextralis pars or as Britonnes dexterales ("the Southern Britons") and not as a named land.[6] In the oldest British writers, Deheubarth was used for all of modern Wales to distinguish it from Y Gogledd or Hen Ogledd, the northern lands whence Cunedda and the Cymry originated.

    Gender Male 
    Died 0___ 1244  [2
    Person ID I49302  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2017 

    Father Rhys Gryg, Prince of Deheubarth,   b. 1150, (Wales) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1233  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Mathilde de Clare,   b. (Hertford, Hertfordshire, England) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Y  [1
    Family ID F18208  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Matilda de Braose,   b. ~ 1172, Carmarthenshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Y  [2, 3
     1. Rhys Fychan ap Rhys Mechyll
     2. Gwenllian ferch Rhys
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F18209  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Rhys Mechyll (died 1244) was a Welsh prince of the House of Dinefwr
    Rhys Mechyll (died 1244) was a Welsh prince of the House of Dinefwr
    Arms of House of Dinefwr: Gules, a lion rampant or within a bordure engrailled or. These arms were inherited by the Talbot family, later Earls of Shrewsbury

  • Notes 
    • Rhys Mechyll (died 1244) was a Welsh prince of the House of Dinefwr, ruler of part of the kingdom of Deheubarth in southern Wales from 1234 to 1244. He was a son of Rhys Gryg (died 1234) ("Rhys the Hoarse"), son of Rhys ap Gruffydd (11321197),[1] "The Lord Rhys", ruler of the kingdom of Deheubarth.


      He married Matilda de Braose (died 1248) who betrayed the dynasty's chief castle of Carreg Cennen to the Anglo-Normans in 1248, against the interests of her son Rhys. A Welsh chronicle, the Brut y Tywysogyon, records under the year 1248: "Rhys Fychan ap Rhys Mechyll regained the castle of Carreg Cennen, which his mother had treacherously placed in the power of the French, out of enmity for her son."[2]


      He had a son Rhys Fychan (i.e. "The Younger") ap Rhys Mechyll,[1] and a daughter Gwenllian, his eventual heiress who married Gilbert Talbot (died 1274), grandfather of Gilbert Talbot, 1st Baron Talbot (died 1345/6),[3] to whom passed the ancient armorials of the House of Dinefwr, assumed as arms of alliance to a great princess in place of his own paternal arms.[4]


      Walker, David. Medieval Wales, Cambridge University Press, 1990, p. 98. ISBN 978-0-521-31153-3

      end of biography [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S11477] "Rhys ap Gruffudd", biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhys_ap_Gruffydd, retrieved, recorded & uploaded to the web.

    2. [S11483] "Rhys Mechyll", biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhys_Mechyll, retrieved, recorded & uploaded to the URL, www.Th.

    3. [S11482] "Matilda de Braose", profile, https://www.geni.com/people/Matilda-de-Braose/6000000013778856792, retrieved, recorded & u.