MAREDUDD AB OWAIN (died c. 999) was a 10th-century king in Wales of
the High Middle Ages . A member of the
House of Dinefwr , his
patrimony was the kingdom of Deheubarth comprising the southern realms
of Dyfed , Ceredigion , and Brycheiniog . Upon the death of his father
King Owain around AD 988, he also inherited the kingdoms of Gwynedd
and Powys , which he had conquered for his father. He was counted
Kings of the Britons by the
Chronicle of the Princes
Maredudd was the younger son of King Owain of Deheubarth and the
grandson of King Hywel the Good . Owain had inherited the kingdom
through the early death of his brothers and Maredudd, too, came to the
throne through the death of his elder brother Einion around 984.
Around 986, Maredudd captured Gwynedd from its king Cadwallon ab Ieuaf
. He may have controlled all Wales apart from Gwent and
Maredudd is recorded as raiding Mercian settlements on the borders of
Radnor and as paying a ransom of a silver penny a head to rescue some
of his subjects who had been taken captive in Danish raids . Viking
raids were a constant problem during Maredudd's reign. In 987, Godfrey
Following Maredudd's death around AD 999, the throne of Gwynedd was recovered for the line of Idwal Foel by Cynan ap Hywel . The throne of Deheubarth went to a man named Rhain who was accepted as Maredudd's son by its people but who—after the kingdom's conquest by Llywelyn ap Seisyll —was recorded by most Welsh histories as an Irish pretender and usurper. The kingdom was later restored to Maredudd's family, but through Hywel , the grandson of his brother Einion.
* John Edward Lloyd (1911). A history of Wales: from the earliest times to the Edwardian conquest. Longmans, Green & Co.
Maredudd ab Owain
Preceded by Owain ap Hywel KING OF DEHEUBARTH 988–999 Succeeded