| Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:01 am
Gerald was son of Guillaume de Barry (or Barri), one of the most powerful Anglo-Norman barons in Wales at the time. He was a maternal nephew of David FitzGerald, the Bishop of St David's and a grandson of Gerald de Windsor (alias FitzWalter), Constable of Pembroke Castle, and Nest the daughter of Rhys ap Tewdwr. Through their mother, Angharad, Gerald and his siblings were closely related to Angharad's first cousin, Rhys ap Gruffydd, Yr Arglwydd Rhys, and his family.
Gerald had a church education at Gloucester, followed by a period of study in Paris. He returned to Britain about 1172, and was employed by Richard of Dover, the Archbishop of Canterbury, on various ecclesiastical missions in Wales, where he distinguished himself for his efforts to remove the abuses then flourishing in the Welsh Church. He was appointed archdeacon of Brecon to which was attached a residen
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