Wednesday, 4 April 2018

CASTELL MADRYN AND THE STOLEN NATIONAL TREASURES OF GWYNEDD 1283 – 1284.


  





THE CAPTURE OF DAFYDD III IN AREA OF ABERGWYNGREGYN MEHEFIN 1283 AND HIS EXECUTION BY MEANS OF BEING HUNG, DRAWN AND QUARTED ON 3 HYDREF 1283 IN SHREWSBURY IS VERY MUCH ASSOCIATED WITH THE DESIRE OF EDWARD I TO NOT ONLY CONQUOR GWYNEDD AND SUBDUE IT’S NATIVE PRINCES BUT ALSO TO LOOT THE ROYAL TREASURES OF GWYNEDD. AT START OF THE WAR OF 1282 – 83 LLYWELYN III HAD THE ROYAL TREASURES STORED AT CASTELL MADRYN ON THE LLEYN PENINSULAR IN KEEPING OF HIS ELDER BROTHER OWAIN. SUBSEQUENTLY WITH  DEATH OF LLYWELYN III (ABEREDW 11 RHAGFYR 1282) ANDLATER  HIS BROTHER DAFYDD III. DAFYDD III HAD TAKEN TITLE TYWYSOG CYMRU AND CONTINUED TO MOUNT MILITARY RESISTENCE TO  THE ENGLISH ARMIES ADVANCING ON GWYNEDD FROM THE SOUTH TOWARDS CASTELL Y BERE AND FROM THE EAST TOWARDS  CASTELL DOLWYDDELEN. FOR A SHORT WHILE DAFYDD III WITH HIS FAMILY AND LOYAL FOLLOWERS HAD USED BOTH CASTLES IN A RETREAT THAT WAS  TO CONCLUDE WITH HIS CAPTURE IN THE MOUNTAINS ABOVE ABERGWYNGREGYN ON OR ABOUT 28 MEHEFIN 1283 . AT THIS TIME DAFYDD III HAD WITH HIM THE SAID ROYAL TREASURES WHICH UPON HIS CAPTURE WERE DELIVERED  UP TO EDWARD I ALONG LATER WITH ‘Y CROES NAID’ HANDED OVER TO EDWARD I BY WELL REWARDED TREACHEROUS WELSH MONKS INTO WHOSE KEEPING THIS HOLY RELIC HAD BEEN GIVEN ON DEATH OF LLYWELYN III. PRIOR TO THIS EDWARD HAD BEEN BASED IN NEFYN WHILST HIS MEN SEARCHED FOR THE ROYAL TREASURES THEY THOUGHT WERE AT CASTELL MADRYN. PRESENT DAY ‘CASTELL MADRYN’ IS A CARAVAN PARK THE CASTLE ALONG WITH AN INDEPENDENT GWYNEDD AND THE ROYAL TREASURES LONG GONE. THERE IS NO PUBLIC DISPLAY OF THIS STORY AT THE SAID CARAVAN PARK OR INDEED IN AREA OF PEN LLEYN, AN URGENT MATTER TO BE PUT RIGHT I HOPE? WHY  NOT A CROES NAID TRAIL FROM CASTELL MADRYN TO CASTELL DOLWYDDELEN TO ABERGWYNGREGYN AND WHERE EVER ELSE REQUIRED TO TELL THE STORY IN FULL. INDEED WHY NOT AND THE SOONER THE BETTER FOR SAKE OF PRESENT DAY ‘CYMRIC CONSCIOUSNESS’ IN OUR STRUGGLE AGAINST CEREBRAL COLONIALISM.

 

                                                 GETHIN AP GRUFFYDD  Y PASG 2018.

BELOW: ROYAL STANDARD OF LLYWELYN III NOW MADE THE ROYAL STANDARD  OF THE ENGLISH PRINCES FOR WALES.