Dafydd ap Llywelyn

Dafydd ap Llewelyn
Prince of Wales
Prince of Aberffraw and Lord of Snowdon
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Dafydd with his father Llywelyn and half-brother Gruffudd
Prince of Wales
Reign1240–1246
PredecessorLlewelyn the Great
as Prince of Gwynedd
SuccessorLlewelyn the Last
BornApril 1212
Castell Hen Blas, Coleshill, Bagillt, Wales
Died25 February 1246
Abergwyngregyn, Wales
Burial
SpouseIsabella de Braose
IssueDafydd ap Dafydd ap Llywelyn[citation needed]
HouseHouse of Aberffraw
FatherLlewelyn the Great
MotherJoan, Lady of Wales

Dafydd ap Llywelyn (c. March 1212 – 25 February 1246) was Prince of Gwynedd from 1240 to 1246. He was the first ruler to claim the title Prince of Wales.

Birth and descent

Though birth years of 1208, 1206, and 1215 have been put forward for Dafydd, it has recently been persuasively argued that he was born shortly after Easter 1212[citation needed]. Born at Castell Hen Blas, Coleshill, Bagillt in Flintshire, he was the only son of Llywelyn the Great by his wife, Joan (daughter of King John). His grandfather was facing trouble in England against his Barons when he was born. In his final years, Llywelyn went to great lengths to have Dafydd accepted as his sole heir. By Welsh law, Dafydd's older half-brother Gruffydd had a claim to be Llywelyn's successor. Llywelyn had Dafydd recognised as his named heir by his uncle King Henry III in 1220, and also had Dafydd's mother Joan declared legitimate by the Pope to strengthen Dafydd's claim.