TUDOR TREVOR-
LORD, EARL, AND KING

Tudor Trevor (a.k.a. Tewdor Trefor) who married Angharad around 942, had an impressive ancestry, which is illustrated by his many titles. He was Lord of Whittington, Oswestry and both Maelors in Powys, from his male line, and King of Gloster and Earl of Hereford from the female.

Powys was an ancient kingdom that centered around Shropshire and covered much of the modern Welsh border. Back then, what is now Wales was divided into four kingdoms: Gwynedd in the north, Powys in the east, Dyfed in the south west and Glywysing, or Morgannwg, in the south.

Oswestry is an ancient English market town located in the north of Shropshire, near the Welsh Border. It's also referred to as "where Shropshire meets Wales." Maelor is in Flintshire, Wales.





 








The photo on left is Whittington Castle from the Britannia site.


Tudor's seat was Whittington Castle, though I have found evidence that by the time he got married, he didn't live in the castle anymore. He may have lived in Brynkinalt, on the Welsh/English border, south of Chester.

Tudor and Angharad had three sons: Gronw, Earl of Hereford, Dyngod, and Lluddoka, or Llydocca, ap Tudor, Lord of Maelors and Oswestry. I am descended from Lluddoka. This branch is documented in John Burke's A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland", vol. ii. p. 329:

"Tudur Trevor was father of LLUDDOCCA, father of LLOWARCH GAM, father of EDNYVED, whose son, RYS SAIS, so called because he could speak the Saxon, or English language, possessed great estates in North Wales and Shropshire at the period of the Norman conquest, which he divided among his sons in the year 1070. The eldest, TUDUR, was father of BLEDDYN, the father of OWEN, the father of THOMAS", etc.


YOUNG/YONGES COAT OF ARMS

A coat of arms is a system of hereditary identification, going back to the middle ages and before. According to Selah Youngs, Col. John Young (Martha Young's nephew and the son of her brother Rev. John Young) used Tudor Trevor's coat of arms.

At left, the "lion rampant" coat of Arms from the seal on Col. John's will.



Selah Youngs says, on page 3:


"Col. John Youngs of the second generation in America, placed the Tudor Trevor coat (of arms) upon his will in 1697. There is a pedigree of many generations from Tudor Trevor to Youngs families. .Col. John Youngs is proof that his line of descent is through Tudor Trevor and the Yonges of Brynyorken."


KING HENRY VII

Another branch of this line goes to King Henry VII, from Angharad's son Dyngodweel This line is well documented became Henry was trying to prove his Welsh descent.

At the time Henry lived, when he was just Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, Malory's "Le Morte d'Arthur" had just been published. Arthur was all the rage. When Henry traveled to Wales, shortly after its publication, he sported a red dragon banner and wore a dragon helmet, to symbolize Arthur and to claim Welsh heritage.

The painting on the left is from "King Arthur and his Knights" by W. J. Enright and J. Allen St. John.

 



When Henry defeated King Richard at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 AD, and succeeded him as Henry VII, King of England, many people thought this a sign of Arthur returned.

 
 

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