Gwladys ferch Dafydd
Gwladys ferch Dafydd was the daughter of Dafydd ap Gruffudd, the last free Prince of Wales
Prince of Wales
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, and Elizabeth Ferrers
Elizabeth Ferrers
Elizabeth Ferrers was a daughter of William de Ferrers, 5th Earl of Derby and his second wife Margaret de Quincy...

. She probably spent most her life in the company of her father in England
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 and Gwynedd
Kingdom of Gwynedd
Gwynedd was one petty kingdom of several Welsh successor states which emerged in 5th-century post-Roman Britain in the Early Middle Ages, and later evolved into a principality during the High Middle Ages. It was based on the former Brythonic tribal lands of the Ordovices, Gangani, and the...


Upon the death of his brother Llywelyn the Last
Llywelyn the Last
Llywelyn ap Gruffydd or Llywelyn Ein Llyw Olaf , sometimes rendered as Llywelyn II, was the last prince of an independent Wales before its conquest by Edward I of England....

, on 10 December 1282, Dafydd ap Gruffydd briefly took over as Prince of Wales. Hearing the news, Edward I
Edward I of England
Edward I , also known as Edward Longshanks and the Hammer of the Scots, was King of England from 1272 to 1307. The first son of Henry III, Edward was involved early in the political intrigues of his father's reign, which included an outright rebellion by the English barons...

 gathered his forces to unseat the newly named prince. Dafydd, his family and a few stalwart supports went into hiding in the forests of the Snowdonian Alps. Sensing a losing effort, most of his countrymen gave up hope of continuing the Gwynedd regime. In June 1283, Gwladys was arrested with her father, mother, brothers (Llywelyn
Llywelyn ap Dafydd
Llywelyn ap Dafydd , de jure Prince of Gwynedd , was the eldest son of Dafydd ap Gruffydd the last free ruler of Gwynedd and his wife Elizabeth Ferrers. Nothing is known of his early life, though it is thought he was probably born some time around 1267...

 and Owain
Owain ap Dafydd
Owain ap Dafydd , de jure Prince of Gwynedd , was the younger son of Dafydd ap Gruffydd the last free ruler of Gwynedd and self-proclaimed Prince of Wales...

) and sisters.

Dafydd was hung, drawn and quartered for treason. Dafydd's sons were imprisoned. Gwladys was dispatched to Gilbertine
Gilbertine Order
The Gilbertine Order of Canons Regular was founded around 1130 by Saint Gilbert in Sempringham, Lincolnshire, where Gilbert was the parish priest...

 convent in Sixhills
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, Lincolnshire
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as a young child. Edward I ordered annual payment of 20 pounds for Gwaldys' upkeep at the Sixhills convent, where she spent the remainder of her life. She is thought to have died there in 1336, outliving her other siblings. She may have had other illegitimate sisters but their names and fates as well as her mother are unknown.
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