Elen ferch Llywelyn (the Elder)

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Elen ferch Llywelyn (c. 1207 – 1253) was the daughter of Llywelyn the Great of Gwynedd in North Wales by Joan, Lady of Wales, the natural daughter of King John of England. She is sometimes referred to as Elen (Helen, Ellen) 'the Elder' to distinguish her from a younger sister of the same name, wife of Máel Coluim II, Earl of Fife.

Elen ferch Llywelyn
Countess of Huntingdon and Chester
Arms of Llywelyn.svg
The arms of the Aberffraw House of Gwynedd were traditionally first used by Elen's grandfather, Iorwerth Drwyndwn.
Bornc. 1207
Died1253 (aged 46–47)
SpouseJohn of Scotland, Earl of Huntingdon
Sir Robert de Quincy
IssueHawise de Quincy
FatherLlywelyn the Great
MotherJoan, Lady of Wales

Elen married John of Scotland, 9th Earl of Huntingdon,[1] in about 1222. He died aged thirty in 1237, and she was forced by King Henry III (her mother's half-brother) to marry Sir Robert de Quincy, the son of Saer de Quincy. Their daughter, Hawise, married Baldwin Wake,[2] Lord Wake of Liddell.

Elen ferch Llywelyn in fictionEdit

  • Child of the Phoenix by Barbara Erskine
  • Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
  • Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman: In Penman's version, Elen and Robert de Quincy are lovers, and she marries him immediately on John's death despite her father's opposition.


  1. ^ Thomas Jones Pierce. "Llywelyn ap Iorwerth". Welsh Biography Online. National Library of Wales. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  2. ^ Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 194.