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Male Hywel ap Rhys Click to view Hywel ap Rhys in the family tree

Hywel was born in 1171 in Dynevor Castle, Llandilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales.1   Hywel's father was King of South Wales Rhys Fychan ap Gruffydd and his mother was Gwenllian verch Madog.  His paternal grandparents were King of Wales Gruffydd ap Rhys and Gwenllian verch Gruffydd; his maternal grandparents were King of Powys Madog ap Maredydd and Susanna verch Gruffydd. He had four brothers and four sisters, named Maredudd, Gryg, Gruffydd, Cynwrig, Angharad, Gwenllian, Eva and Margred.  He was the fourth oldest of the nine children.


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