Griffith Vychan



Son of Ioworth ap Mareddud and Maud de Manley,  father of Griffith Vychan and husband of Matilda verch Ieuan

Griffith (also known as Griffith ap Iowerth) was born c.1150, he was of Carhowell, Kinnerley, Shropshire.  He was a Knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem and Lord of Crugion and Bergedwyn. He was known locally as “The wild Knight of Car Howel”.

Iowerth Vychan seated himself in the Vale of Meifod in Montgomeryshire near Mathravel Castle - the palace of his ancestors and became 1st Baron of Main-yn-Meifod." 

Griffith married Matilda (Malt) verch Ieuan 

Matilda was borne c.1170 in Maelienydd, Radnoshire, Wales.  She was the daughter of Ieuan (Johannes) Gogh ap Gruffith ap Rijs ap M’redd. He was a soldier.

The arms of the Gogh family were:  Gules, three lions passant argent. 

Griffith and Matilda had one son recorded:


Griffith Vychan born c.1190 


In about 1196 Griffith secondly married Matilda le Strange, the daughter of Guy le Strange.


The above data comes from the 1623 Visitation to Shropshire, recorded by John Kynaston, eldest son of Edward Kynaston and Katherine Lloyd


Other sources


1.  Burke, B. "Cherleton - Baron Cherleton of Powys" in "Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited,and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire" pp.113-116.

2.  Burke, B. "Strange - Barons Strange, of Knokyn" in "Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire" pp.515-516.




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