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Monday, 29 November, 1999, 10:15 GMT
Glyndwr captures votes in international poll
Owain Glyndwr Rebel leader Owain Glyndwr is seventh in Millennium Top Ten poll

Welsh hero Owain Glyndwr has been named in a Top Ten Makers of the Millennium poll.

The fourteenth-century rebel leader is featured in a Sunday Times poll and is ranked seventh above Sir Isaac Newton and Abraham Lincoln.

Rather than asking people to vote, the paper asked 100 influential international people for their views.

Owain Glyndwr was proclaimed Prince of Wales by his followers in 1400 and resisted the English for eight years.

Historian John Davies said "Revolutionaries all over the world have always looked to Owain Glyndwr as a famous guerilla leader.

"His position in this poll shows that the rest of the world appreciates him a lot more than we realise."

Only printing press inventor Johannn Gutenburg, William Shakespeare, William Caxton, who brought printing to Britain, Leonardo da Vinci, Elizabeth the First and the discoverer of electricity, Michael Faraday, were more important than one of the heroes of Welsh history.

Welsh historians have always appreciated his significance.

Frank Lane, chairman of the Owain Glyndwr Society, said "At last, Owain Glyndwr has been given his true place among the most influential people of the past 1,000 years.

"Most of the people in that list were remarkable for one thing, but Owain was a great soldier, a consummate statesman and an educationalist with deep religious beliefs.

"He called a Parliament of representatives from every part of Wales at a time when parliaments were hardly democratic and he sought independence for the Welsh Church as well as the State, something that only happened 500 years after his death."

Events are planned to take place throughout Wales next year to commemorate the 600th anniversary of Glyndwr's rebellion.

Among the plans are statues at Machynlleth, site of Glyndwr's parliament, and at Ruthin, where his rebellion began.

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