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Owen Tudor
19 generations from the origin. Great x 17 grandfather.
Birth: c. 1400, Plas Pemmynydd, Wales;
Death: Feb 2, 1461; England;
Age: 61

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Owain ap Maredudd (or Owain ap Meredith ap Tewdur or Owen Tudor) (c. 1400 - February 2, 1461) was a Welsh soldier and courtier, directly descended from The Lord Rhys but remembered only because of his role in founding the Tudor dynasty and for his relationship with Catherine of Valois, widow of King Henry V of England. At some point Owain anglicised his name from the Welsh Owain ap Maredudd to Owen Tudor, taking his grandfather's name for a surname rather than the more common practice of taking his father's.


Owain entered the service of Queen Catherine of Valois as keeper of the Queen's household (or her wardrobe) some time after the death of her husband Henry V of England on 22 August 1422. The Queen lived in the household of her young son, King Henry VI. Henry had succeeded his father as the King of England. Following the death of his maternal grandfather Charles VI of France on October 21, 1422, Henry had also been declared King of France, a title that would be disputed by his maternal uncle Charles VII of France, also crowned King of France on July 17, 1429. Around 1430 Catherine left her son's household, and it was some time after that she may have married Owen Tudor. It is debatable that any marriage took place at all, and since Parliament had passed a resolution against it, no marriage would have been valid.

Owen and Catherine had at least six children:
Owen Tudor (1429-1501). He was a monk at Westminster.
Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond (1430 - November 1, 1456), married Lady Margaret Beaufort. Father of King Henry VII.
Jasper Tudor, 1st Duke of Bedford (1431 - December 21/26, 1495), married Katherine Woodville, daughter to Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers and Jacquetta of Luxembourg [all three are ancestors through a different line. --jmh]. No issue. He did have two illegimate children.
Tacina Tudor (died 1469).
Daughter Tudor. She became a nun.
Margaret (Catherine) Tudor (born 1437). Died young.

Owen Tudor had at least one illegimate child:
David Owen (1459-1528), knighted in 1485 by his nephew King Henry VII at Milford Haven. He married Mary Bohun (born 1459), daughter of Sir John De Bohun of Midhurst and Anne Arden, before 1488.

After Queen Catherine's death, Owen Tudor was imprisoned at Newgate Prison, but later released.

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246 - Shakespeareana Genealogica, 1869, George Russell French, compiler, p 118.


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Meredith ap Tudor
bef 1367 - aft 1403
Margaret Fychan
c. 1375 -
Primary or Last Marriage:
Date: 1428, Place: , Status: Marriage, Note:
Queen Consort of England Katherine of Valois
Oct 27, 1401 - Jan 3, 1437
Tacina Tudor
Great x 16 grandmother
c. 1432 - 1469
Earl Richmond Edmund Tudor
Great x 16 granduncle
c. 1430 - Nov 1, 1456
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