Catrin ferch Owain Glyndŵr
Catrin ferch Owain Glyndŵr (died 1413) was one of the daughters (probably the eldest) of
Margaret Hanmerand Owain Glyndŵr.
Glyndŵr, a prince of the old Welsh royal house of
Powys Fadogof the Mathrafalline, led a major revolt in Walesbetween 1400 and c.1416, taking the title of "Prince of Wales".
Little is known about any of the children of
Owain Glyndŵrbut the Welsh bard Lewis Glyn Cothi, although writing some years later, described Catrin as 'Gwenllian of the golden locks' and 'Gwenllian of the house of drifted snow'.
Marriage to a Mortimer
Catrin ferch Owain Glyndwr married
Edmund Mortimer, an unransomed hostage who had made an alliance with her father in 1402.
Her husband would die during the siege of
Harlech Castlein about 1409.
Capture, imprisonment and death
Catrin was subsequently captured alongside her three daughters. They, as well as her mother and one of her sisters, were taken to the
Tower of London. The deaths of Catrin and her daughters are recorded, and their burial at St Swithin's Church in London.
A memorial to Catrin stands in Cannon Street Gardens, where the church formerly stood; the statue was designed by Nic Stradlyn-John and sculpted by Richard Renshaw, and was unveiled in 2001 by
Her mother's fate is not known; it is known only that
Margaret Hanmeroutlived Catrin.
Legacy and remembrance
In 2003 an exhibition was held at the
National Library of Walesto celebrate Catrin's legacy, and a short poem was composed in her memory by Menna Elfyn. A play, "Catrin Glyndwr" by Heledd Bianchi, was premièred in 2004.
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