The last male Nanney was Colonel Hugh Nanney, who had four daughters, but no son. This ended six-hundred years of unbroken male succession and his eldest daughter Jonet Nanney (one of twins) married Robert Vaughan.
Surnames were not adopted in Wales until Tudor times when an English High Court Judge is said to have insisted on their use, as he was confused by the long series of “aps”. So, Gruffydd ap Hywel ap Dafydd ap Meurig ap Hywel Sele, just assumed the name of his house and called himself “Gruffydd Nannau.”
Many Welsh families adopted nicknames, or abbreviations, “ap Hugh” to “Pugh”, “ap Rhys” to “Prys” etc.
This is by no means 100% accurate and is a work in progress.
These are the owners of Nannau, it is not a direct family tree.
The 14th century Effigy of Meurig ap Ynyr Fychan in St. Marys Church, Dolgellau. You can read about the church and Effigy on this page. Thanks to David Brown who supplied the tracing of the Coat of Arms.
Hywel Sele The 8th Lord of Nannau was killed by his rebel cousin Owain Glyndwr. His body was concealed in an oak tree (Ceubren yr Ellyll) where it remained undiscovered for forty years (see The Hollow Oak).
The Remains of 'Howel Sele' in the Oak of Nannau
A tree known as Derwen Ceubren yr Ellyl (hollow tree of the demons/spirits) used to stand in Nannau Park and it had a reputation of being haunted and evil, for this is the tree in which Owain Glyndwr was, according to legend, supposed to have hidden the body of his cousin Hywel Sele, 8th Lord of Nannau after he had killed him in 1404. It is said they were out hunting together in Nannau after Owain had come to make amends with his cousin. Owain had rebelled against England, whilst Hywel stayed loyal to the crown. Hywel is said to have seen a deer and drew back an arrow. As the deer moved he turned with his bow to track the animal, in fact he turned so much he found himself aiming at Owain. Glyndwr thought he was about to be shot, drew his sword and ran Hywel through. Other accounts have Hywel shooting Owain who is saved by his armour (hunting in armour?) and he is killed in self defence. One version of the story has Hywel being imprisoned in the tree and left there to die whilst Owain decided to burn down his house.
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Aged two when his father was killed. Lived to be at least 86.
Gruffydd Nanney. High Sheriff of Merioneth.
Robert Vaughan of Hengwrt Uchaf (1695-1749). High Sheriff of Merioneth