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Sunday, February 10, 2019

WALES | Nannau and the Nanney Family

February 3, 2019–Philip Nanney Williams has written a truly impressive book about the house of Nannau in Wales, the family home of the Nanneys and Vaughans. 

The family tree that he includes with his book is an extraordinary one, going back to the Imperator (Emperor) of North Wales, Cunedda Wiedig (380-450), who married Gnal verch Coel, who married Old King Cole, the merry old soul.
Powys family arms,
banner of Wales.
Source: Wiki Commons.

Coats of Arms. The coats of arms of prominent members of the family decorate the family tree, from the King of Powys & Gwynedd, to the Prince of Powys, to the Prince of Wales. 

They and the King of Deheubarth use lion rampant, typically Gules on Or. The lion rampant is also shown as Azure on Or and Or on Gules. All of these versions are prominent in Welsh heraldry.

Other devices used on later arms are 
  • Three lions passant, Argent on Gules, for the King of Gwyneddd.
  • Three eagles displayed Or on Vert.
Aerial view of Nannau
Nannau. The title of the book refers to a mansion and estate in the parish of LlanfachrethMeirionnydd. It is named for the family who lived there.
The Nannau family is descended from the princes of Powys through the 13th century prince Ynyr Hen. 

The family has a tradition of being patrons of prominent contemporary poets. The mansion is mentioned in several poems from the 14th century on. 

The poet Llywelyn Goch ap Meurig Hen was a part of the family.  SiĆ“n Dafydd Las (died 1694), of the Nannau bard family, is considered to be one of the last of the traditional Welsh family poets.