Ial or Yale (Welsh: Iâl) was a commote of medieval Wales within the cantref of Powys Fadog ("North kingdom of Powys"). It had its capital at Llanarmon at the site of a shrine to Saint Germanus of Auxerre (Welsh: Garmon). The nearby castle was called Tomen y Faerdre. During the English conquest of Wales, Yale was taken very early on and added to the county of Shropshire. However, it remained Welsh in culture and retained Welsh laws and customs until the Statute of Rhuddlan.
Lords of Yale
Yale was retaken from the Danish in the early 10th century. It was possibly held by the kings of Powys directly or possibly granted to:
Along with Ystrad Alun, it was certainly granted to:
- Llywelyn Aurdorchog, war-chief (Welsh: penteulu) of Gruffydd ap Llywelyn
- Llywelyn Fychan (r. 1065 – ?), his son
- Ithel Felyn, his son
- Hwfa ap Ithel Felyn, his son
- Ithel ap Hwfa, his son
- possibly others
The arms of this family were azure, a lion rampant guardant or.
The title of Yale was eventually reclaimed by or reverted to Madog ap Gruffudd Maelor of Powys Fadog before 1236. Following the Norman conquest, Yale was combined with Maelor into the title "Lord of Yale and Bromfield".
- The present site of Tomen y Faerdre at Castle Wales
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