Through numerous marriages, my Roberts Cae Merddyn connection is related to Royalty. These include Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn Fawr), Llywelyn ap Gruffydd (Llywelyn Ein Llyw Olaf), and Owain Glyndwr. Syr Tudur Fychan and The Tudor connection brings the English Royal Family into the equation. My grandfather's brother, Jabez Lloyd Roberts married Jane Owen, a direct descendant of the Bulkeley family who are themselves descended from Syr Tudur Fychan. Our Cae Merddyn family is in red print at the bottom right of the tree, with my mother Jean, the penultimate entry on the right hand side.


Royal Garden Party
Buckingham Palace
21st May 2014

I was very humbled and proud to be nominated for this honour
by my colleagues,
let alone to be accepted to attend with my wife Marian
and daughters Kim and Rhian.

Outside Buckingham Palace,
before joining the queue.
On the right tracks
8:46 from Newtown

"We've got a ticket to ride"
Newtown to
London Euston

via Birmingham New Street

Then Euston underground
to Green Park

 En Route
Lord and Lady Davies!
Ladies Kim and Rhian
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace Gardens

Here at last!

The Garden Plan
The various 'Tea Tents'

Garden Grounds

"How very interesting.... now please excuse One,
as One has to find Ken and his family...... apparently we're related through marriage, and he said something about Wrexham Football Club."
"Ah.... there he is with Marian ... she's apparently related to Dick Whittington"

Very Tasty!!


Entertainment - they played tunes from Lion King
"One must return to One's Palace"
Just passing

Meeting selected guests

A last photo at The Palace
By Royal Appointment?

Green Park, outside Buckingham Palace

On our way home

Aaaaaw, pethau bach........ zzzzzzzzzzzz

This was an enjoyable, perfect day,
the weather was just right. 
A very tired, but happy Davies family,
arrived back in Newtown at 22.20.



c 1359 Owain Glyndwr born. Son of Gruffydd Fychan II and Elen ferch Tomas ap Llywelyn.
1383 Owain returned to Wales, married Margaret, daughter of David Hanmer.
1383 Owain established as Squire of Sycharth and Glyndyfrdwy
1384 Owain joined the King's military service. Was on garrison duty for Sir Gregory Sais.
1385 He became shield carrier for Richard II against France.
1386 Called to give evidence in a trial at Chester involving Scrope v Grosvenor. Both families were using identical Coats of Arms.
1387 Owain was with Richard Fitzalan at the defeat of the Franco-Spanish-Flemish fleet off the Kent coast.
1387  Knighted on the death of his father in law, Sir David Hanmer.
1387 Was a squire to Henry Bolingbroke at the Battle of Radcot Bridge.
1390 Owain returned to live in Wales
1400 16th September - Owain proclaimed Prince of Wales
1400 Owain instigated a revolt against Henry IV

1400 Owain Glyndwr's Revolt Begins
1400 Owain's men attack; Ruthin, Denbigh, Rhuddlan, Flint, Hawarden, Oswestry and Welshpool
1401 Conway Castle captured by Owain's cousins, Gwilym and Rhys ap Tudur
1401 Hyddgen victory by Rhys Gethin for Owain
1401 Glamorgan and Gwent invaded by Owain
1401 South Wales campaign started by Henry IV


The Battle of Pilleth 
(Welsh Icons website)
Also known as the Battle of Bryn Glas

Arms of

Edmund Mortimer captured at the battle of Bryn Glas, or Pilleth, where Rhys Gethin was victorious
1402 Cardiff, Abergavenny and Caernarfon feel the force of Owain's attacks
1402 Owain takes on campaigns in Herefordshire
1402 Henry IV marches from Hereford to Carmarthen
1402 Further attacks by Owain - at Caerphilly, Newport, Caerleon and Usk
1402 Owain captures Lord Grey during an attack on Ruthin
1402 Owain Glyndwr Attacked Nannau, near Dolgellau and Captured Hywel Sele
1402 Owain Glyndwr Battled Griffith ap Gwyn (Who was Trying to Rescue His Father-in-Law Hywel Sele). Gwyn lost 60 of his 200 Men on Llanelltyd Bridge
1402 Hywel Sele tried to kill Owain Glyndwr. But Glyndwr killed Sele and stuffed his body into the hollow Tree of the Ghost (Ceubren yr Ellyll), where it lay hidden for 40 Years
1403 Attacks made by Owain on Llandovery, Llandeilo, Dryslwyn, Newcastle Emlyn and Dinas Powys
1403 Owain's homes at Sycharth and Glyndyrdwy destroyed by Henry, 'Prince of Wales'
1403 Owain's army attacks Caernarfon the castle and town of Caernarfon
1404 Owain captures the castles of Cricieth, Harlech and Aberyswyth 
1404 Owain Glyndwr held the last Welsh Parliament in Dolgellau. It was from here that Owain Glyndwr sent letters to the Kings of Scotland and France, asking for help and pleading the justice of his fight against English usurpation, signing himself  'Owinus, Dei gratia princeps Walliae datum apud Dolgeuelli 10 mie mensis Maii, MCCCC quatro'
1404 Owain is crowned Prince of Wales in Machynlleth
1404 Assassination attempt on Owain by Dafydd Gam

Cefn Caer
Owain Glyndwr's
Mediaeval House

(click here to enter website)

Used by Owain Glyndwr when the Pennal Policy was drawn up.

Cefn Caer is a grade 2* listed building and a pre fifteenth century Mediaeval Hall House situated in Pennal near Machynlleth, Wales.
This hall house, which stands proudly on a hillock which
overlooks the village of Pennal and the surrounding countryside, has been built on the remnants of a first century Roman fort in an area that is steeped in ancient history and folklore.

The site, shortly to be signposted, is a mere 5 miles from Machynlleth and 7 miles from Aberdovey and can be found on the A493 Machynlleth to Aberdovey road.

Photos and text reproduced here by kind permission of
Mr Elfyn Rowlands

1406 Lent. Prince Owain Glyndwr presided over the last assembly of an independent Wales.
1406 31st March. The Pennal letter was delivered to Paris by Owain's envoys, Hywel Eddoyer and Maurice Kerry.
1412 Last known sighting of Owain Glyndwr.
c.1416 Death of Owain Glyndwr in hiding

click here to visit website


'Elystan the Renowned',
founder of one of the Royal Tribes of Wales -
the dynasty of Rhwng Gwy a Hafren (Between Wye & Severn), and the later Princes of Maelienydd and Elfael

Gathering to celebrate
1,000th anniversary of a Welsh legend
(County Times article)

According to one manuscript, Elystan was slain in a civil brawl on Long Mountain near Welshpool. Elystan was buried at a chapel in a place subsequently named Trelystan on the south east slopes of Long Mountain. Some records describe the place as Capel Tref Elystan.

Philip hopes to organise a gathering of the descendants of Elystan at Llanbister in October, with visitors coming from as far afield as America.

Elystan may have hundreds if not thousands of potential descendants. His son, Cadwgan, had five sons. The lineage was obviously a good one because one of Cadwgan's sons, Idnerth, had three sons - one of whom, Madog, then went on to also have five sons.

Two of Madog's sons, Cadwallon and Einion ruled respectively over Maelienydd and Elfael. They were not on good terms, and in 1160 Cadwallon seized Einion before handing him over to the King of Gwynedd, Owain Gwynedd, who surrendered him to Henry II.

In a move which could have come straight out of Robin Hood, Einion escaped custody. In 1176 both brothers rallied in the re-establishment of Cwm Hir Abbey.
Elystan has many modern royal descendants including the Countess of Wessex, said the chairman of the Abbey-cwm-hir Heritage Trust, Dr John Davies. "It's possible that one of the later members of his family was buried at the Abbey at Abbey-cwm-hir," said Dr Davies.

"It was quoted in a document in the year 1234 about a relation dying at the Abbey and it's possible we've found the grave niche.

"When you talk about the princes of Wales, people don't necessarily think of the princes of Powys.

"We have a lot more records available than people may think. We often hear about these figures as being mythical but there is no such thing in Wales - we have British court records, letters between French and Scottish royalty and the Welsh.

"The amount of research in the last 20 years means that we are starting to write biographies of courtiers as well as princes. The internet has helped enormously to generate interest and many amateurs are doing great work," he said.

Much later than Elystan's death, in the 13th and 14th centuries, the house of Mortimer succeeded in acquiring complete possession of the lands of the Elystan dynasty. The anniversary gathering is due to take place in October. For more information on Elystan, visit the website 


Adam = Eve
Seth = Akilia
Enos = Naomi
Cainan = Mualeleth
Mahalalel = Dinah
Jared = Baraka
Enoch = Edni
Methuselah = Edna
Betenos = Lanech
Emzarah = Noah
Sedeqetelebab = Shem
****** = Arphaxad
Melka = Cainan
***** = Salah
***** = Eber
***** = Peleg
***** = Reu
***** = Serag
***** = Nahor
***** = Terah
Serah = Abraham
Rebekah = Isaac
Leah = Jacob (King of Gosha)
Tamar = Judah
Zera = *****
Darda = *****
Ericthonius (King of Dardania) = *****
Tros (King of Troy) = *****
Assaracus = *****
Capys = Themiste
Anchises d.1180BC = *****
Aetheas (King of Latvia D 1175BC) = Creusa
Iulus Ascanius (King of Alba Longa) = *****
***** = Selyf Hen
***** = Brutus
***** = Locrinus
***** = Madog
***** = Mymbyr
***** = Efrog Gadarn
***** = Brutus Darianlas
***** = Lleon
 = Rhun Baladr Bras (King of Britain) 
***** = Bleiddud
**** = Llyr d 810BC
Rhagan Dir = Henwyn
Cunedda = *****
Rhiwallan = *****
Gwrwst = *****
Sesyllt = *****
Antonius = *****
Aedd Mawr = *****
Prydani = *****
Dyfnath = *****
Crydon = *****
Cerwyd = *****
Eneid = *****
***** = Manogan
Don = Beli Mawr c 110BC
***** = Lludd Llaw Ereint c 80BC
***** = Afallach ap Lludd c 45BC
***** = Owain ap Afallach c 10BC
*****= Prydein ap Owain c AD25
***** =  Dubwn ap Prydein c AD60
***** Eufwn ap Dubwn c AD95
***** = Anwrid ap Eufwn c AD130
***** = Dufn ap Anwrid c AD 165 
***** = Doli ap Dufn c AD200
***** = Cein ap Doli c AD235
Tacitus ap Cein c AD270 = *****
Paternus Pasrut c AD305 = *****
Aeternus ap Paternus c AD340 = *****
Cunedda Wledig c AD390 = *****
Einion Yrth c AD445-470 = *****
Cadwallon Lawhir c AD470 - 517 = *****
Maelgwn Gwynedd AD 517 - 549 = *****
Rhun ap Maelgwn AD549 - 586= *****
Beli c AD586 - 599 = *****
Iago ap Beli AD599 - 613 = *****
Cadfan ap Iago AD613 - 625 = *****
Cadwallon ap Cadfan AD625 = *****
Cadwalladr Fendigedig d AD664 = *****
Ifwr AD664 - c684 = *****
Idwal c AD684 - 712 = *****
Rhodri Molwynog d AD 754 = *****
Cynan Dindaethwy d AD 816 = *****
Gwriad AD816 - 825 = Ethyllt
Merfyn Frych d AD844  = Nest
Rhodri Mawr = Angharad
Aranawd ap Rhodri AD878-916  = *****
Idwal Foel  d AD943= *****
Iago ap Idwal Foel = *****
Cynan ap Iago d c 1039 = Rhangell
Gruffydd ap Cynan 1055 - 1137 = Angharad
Owain Gwynedd 1100 - 1170 = Gwladys
Iorwerth Drwyndwn = Margaret
Llewelyn ap Iorwerth = Joan
Gruffydd = Senena
Llywelyn ap Gruffydd = Eleanor de Montford
Phillip ap Ifor = Catherine
Thomas ap Llywelyn = Eleanor
Sir Tudur Fychan = Margaret
Goronwy ap Tudur = Myfanwy
Gwilym ap Gruffydd = Morfydd
William Bulkeley = Elin
Rowland Bulkeley = Ales Berkinsall
Sir Richard Bulkeley = Catherine Griffith
Sir Richard Bulkeley = Annes Needham
Arthur Bulkeley = Jane
William Bulkeley = Mary Williams
William Bulkely = Gaynor Wynn
Arthur Bulkeley = *****
Edward Bulkeley = Cecily Bulkeley
Robert Bulkeley = Elin Wynn
Robert Bulkeley = Dorothy Lewis
Robert Bulkeley = Margaret Hughes
Richard Rowland = Dorothy Bulkeley
William Lewis = Margaret Rowland
John Owen = Hannah Lewis
Jabez Lloyd Roberts = Jane Owen
/ (brother)
Owen John Roberts = Sarah Michell Jenkins
William Owen Davies = Jean Roberts
Ken Davies = Marian Joyce Wilson
Kimberley Selene Davies & Rhian Jane Davies   




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