Gwladys ferch Dafydd Gam

Gwladys ferch Dafydd Gam

Birth
Monmouthshire, Wales
Death 1454 (aged 68–69)
Wales
Burial Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales
Plot Herbert Chapel
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This memorial is dedicated to my 17th great grandmother Gwladys ferch Dafydd-Gam. She was the daughter of Dafydd Gam, who was killed at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 and Gwenllian verch Gwilym.
Gwladys was named "the star of Abergavenny",
"Gwladys the happy and the faultless" by Welsh poet Lewys Glyn Cothi. She is described as, a brilliant being, "like the sun—the pavilion of light." She has been compared to the legendary Queen Marcia for her discretion and influence.
Gwladys married firstly, Sir Roger Vaughan of Bredwardine also known as Roger Fychan (the younger). Roger, a gentleman of wealth, rank, and high respectability was a special friend of her father's, and would later be his companion in arms at the Battle of Agincourt.
Gwladys was a supporter of Welsh culture, especially of the bards and minstrels. Gwladys is called "the strength and support of Gwentland and the land of Brychan" which she supported extensively
Roger and Gwladys' father, Dafydd, had been part of the Welsh contingent that fought with Henry V of England; they both died at the Battle of Agincourt in France in 1415 Legends appeared in the 16th century claiming that upon saving the life of Henry V at the expense of their own lives, both men were knighted by the king on the battlefield before they died.
Roger and Gwlady's children were
Watkin (Walter) Vaughan (d. 1456) of Bredwardine, Esquire, married Elinor, daughter of Sir Henry Wogan, On Easter 1456, Watkin was murdered at home, Bredwardine Castle for which half-brother William Herbert and Walter Devereux forcibly ensured prosecution of execution of the culprits at Hereford.
Thomas Vaughan (c.1400–1469) of Hergest, Esquire, married Ellen Gethin, daughter of Cadwgan ap Dafydd. In 1461, Thomas died at the Battle of Edgecote and entombed at Kington church, near Hergest.
Sir Roger Vaughan (d. 1471) of Tretower Court married twice. Once to Cicely, daughter of Thomas ab Philip Vychan, of Talgarth and second Lady Margaret, daughter of Lord James Audley, another of the heroes of Agincourt. Roger fought with his father and grandfather at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. Roger was knighted for his activities supporting the Yorkist regime. In May 1471 Roger was captured by Jasper Tudor and beheaded at Chepstow.
Elizabeth Vaughan married gentleman Griffith ab Eineon.
Blanch Vaughan married wealthy Englishman John Milwater, commissioned by Edward IV to accompany Blanch's half-brother, William Herbert, to the siege of Harlech Castle.
Gwladus second marriage was to Sir William ap Thomas of Raglan Castle who also fought at the Battle of Agincourt. William was the son of Thomas ap Gwilym ap Jenkyn, a local landowner and his wife Maud, daughter of Sir John Morley. He was knighted in 1426 and was known, because of the colour of his armour, as "The Blue Knight of Gwent."
As Lady of Raglan Castle, Gwladys was able to entertain her guests and assist the needy and afflicted on an even greater scale than when the mistress of Bredwardine Castle.
Gwladys and William's children were raised with the Vaughan children.
The children of Gwladys and William were:
William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1423–1469) took the surname Herbert. William's allegiance to Richard, Duke of York, and Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, branded him Edward IV's Welsh "master-lock". He was the first full-blooded Welshman to enter the English peerage and he was knighted in 1452. He married Anne Devereux daughter of Sir Walter Devereux in 1449.
Sir Richard Herbert of Coldbrook House, near Abergavenny; died on the battlefield of Danesmoor.
Elizabeth married Sir Henry Stradling (1423–1476), son of Sir Edward Stradling (d. c.1394) and Gwenllian Berkerolles, sister and co-heir of his neighbour, Sir Lawrence Berkerolles. Henry went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1476. Henry died on 31 August 1476 on his journey back to England and was buried at Famagusta, Cyprus. Thomas, Elizabeth and Henry's young son died on September 8, 1480.
Margaret married Sir Henry Wogan, steward and treasurer of the Earldom of Pembroke.
She died in 1454. Gwladys and her husband William ap Thomas were patrons of Abergavenny Priory where they were both buried; their alabaster tomb and effigies can still be seen in the church of St Mary's.
Gwladys was so beloved by her people that, according to legend, 3,000 knights, nobles and weeping peasantry followed her body from Coldbrook House (her son Richard's manor) to the Herbert Chapel of St. Mary's Priory Church where she was buried.


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  • Maintained by: A.D.L
  • Originally Created by: Kat
  • Added: 27 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 87468153
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