Battle of Mechain

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Coordinates: 52°46′34″N 3°12′14″W / 52.776°N 3.204°W / 52.776; -3.204

Battle of Mechain
LocationPowys, Wales
Result Victory for Bleddyn ap Cynfyn
Bleddyn ap Cynfyn
Rhiwallon ap Cynfyn  
Maredudd ap Gruffydd  
Idwal ap Gruffydd  

The Battle of Mechain was fought in 1069 in Powys, Wales, for rule of the Welsh kingdoms of Gwynedd and Powys.

After the murder of Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, Harold Godwinson married his widow Ealdgyth and divided Gruffydd's realm into the traditional kingdoms of Gwynedd and Powys, the rule of which were given to Bleddyn ap Cynfyn and his brother Rhiwallon ap Cynfyn. Gruffydd left two sons— Maredudd and Idwal–who in 1070 challenged Bleddyn and Rhiwallon at Mechain in an attempt to win back part of their father's kingdom. However, both sons were defeated, Idwal (or Ithel) being killed in combat and Maredudd dying of exposure after the battle.

Rhiwallon was also killed in this battle, leaving Bleddyn to rule Gwynedd and Powys alone.


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