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The hopes of the Welsh killed by a Scottish man under the pay of the English.

Posted April 29th, 2018 at 05:01 PM by llywelyn ap gruffydd

owain lawgoch was born around 1330 and was the great-great-grandson of Llywelyn the Great and a great-nephew of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd who was the last but one native welsh prince (owain glyndwr) .

After the death of llywelyn ap gruffydd, Edward Longshanks tried his best to extinguish the lineage of llywelyn and there for end the dream of welsh independence.

This was a traumatic time for the welsh.

Here some quotes on the death of llywellyn.

‘Is it the end of the world?’ (Oes derfyn byd?),

‘Ah God, that the sea would drown the land!’ (Och hyd atat-ti, Dduw, na ddaw mor dros dir!)


then all Wales was cast to the ground’ (Ac yna y bwriwyd boll Gymru i’r llawr)


Although Owain lawgoch born in England he lived most of his life in France as a mercenary leader with many other Welsh soldiers fighting against the English in the 100 years war among others.

Owain defeated an English and Gascon force at Soubise later that year, capturing Sir Thomas Percy and Jean de Grailly, the Captal de Buch

he was very conscious of his hereditary claims as lineal successor of the two Llywelyns.

After being deprived of his English estates in 1369, In May 1372 in Paris, Owain announced that he intended to claim the throne of Wales

The French king Charles V supported this and agreed initially to finance a fleet of ships Owain was preparing to launch for a campaign in Wales in 1372. At the last minute, the king recalled the owian while he was attacking guernsey.

In 1377 there were reports that Owain was planning another expedition, this time with help from Castile. The alarmed English government sent a spy, the Scot Jon Lamb, to assassinate Owain,

Lamb gained Owain's confidence and became his chamberlain and stabbed Owain to death in July 1378.

With the assassination of Owain Lawgoch the direct line of the House of Cunedda became extinct. As a result, the claim to the title 'Prince of Wales' fell to the other royal dynasties, The leading hair in this respect was Owain Glyndwr, who was descended from both dynasties.

There are many legends and songs about this great man.

Bellow is a Monument to Owain Lawgoch in Mortagne sur Gironde

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