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Owain Glyndwr

Although not a Ceredigion native, Owain Glyndwr had deep roots in the region. As a descendant of the Princes of Deheubarth, there are several places you can visit in Ceredigion associated with his story.

Owain Glyndwr

Owain Glyndwr's family had estates at Iscoed near Llandysul, and Owain himself may have held court here. The men of Llandysul​ were among the first to join Owain in his 1400 campaign against Henry IV of England, but the king confiscated his family's land in the area. 

In June 1401 Owain scored his first major victory over Henry IV's army at Mynydd Hyddgen on Pumlumon. Henry retaliated with an attack on Strata Florida, billeting his men at the Abbey, but Owain captured Aberystwyth castle in 1404 and Henry was forced to retreat. Owain wrote to King Charles VI of France to negotiate a treaty between Wales and France, and held Wales' first Parliament at Machynlleth in the Dyfi valley, strategically located between Gwynedd to the north, Powys to the east and Ceredigion and Deheubarth to the south. Eventually Henry prevailed, but Owain Glyndwr was never captured. He is remembered in English literature in Shakespeare​'s plays about Henry IV.

See Owain's letter to the King of France at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. Explore the ruins of Aberystwyth castle and Strata Florida Abbey and visit the Parliament House building in Machynlleth. Walk on the slopes of Pumlumon above the Nant y Moch reservoir to discover the battle site of Hyddgen and its now peaceful sheep walks. Find the stones known as 'Meini Cyfamod Glyndwr' (Glyndwr's covenant stones), and imagine the brave efforts of men from the past.