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NOTE: This Joan (died 2 Feb 1237) is NOT Joan of England who married Alexander II of Scotland. Instead, she's an illegitimate daughter of King John. Her mother is not known, but is believed to have been named Clemence (possibly Clementia Botelier). It has also be proposed that her mother might be Agatha Ferrers. See the profiles for Clementia Unknown and Agatha Ferrers.
Joan was the natural daughter of King John by an unknown mother. 
In 1823 William Warrington wrote, "About 1203, the English King, having lost a great part of his territories in France, returned into England. On his arrival, he gave Joan, a daughter, which he had by a lady of the house of Ferres, in marriage to Llewelyn; as a reward for the due observance of the late treaty, or as a means of securing those advantages, which he might think would naturally result from such an alliance. With this lady, was given as a dower, the lordship of Elesmere in Shropshire." This Warrington, unfortunately, made a number of errors, including his statement that LLywelyn had married Tangwystl, generally recognized as his mistress, early in life. 
It is suggested that the only Queen Clemence in Europe at that time was Clemence of Toulouse, wife of Sancho VII of Navarre. But it seems doubtful that John could have had an affair with such a prominent woman without mention.
A much more likely candidate is Clemence, wife of Nicholas de Verdun. From the Patent Rolls of the Reign of Henry III comes this entry from 1228, from King Henry III (son of King John and thusly Joan's half-brother):
The entry notes that Henry III put his niece Susanna in the care of Nicholas de Verdun and his wife Clemence. This entry is worth a second look since it's possible that Joan's mother was also named Clemence. If true, she would've had an obvious interest in her granddaughter Susanna.
Clemence was the daughter of Philip le Boteler. She inherited lands in Steeple Lavington, Wiltshire that she later gave to another granddaughter. She and Nicholas de Verdun had one known daughter and heiress, Rohese.
Rohese de Verdun first married William Perceval de Somery. They had Nicholas. She later married Theobald Butler in 1225. When Nicholas de Verdun died in 1231, Clemence was still living in October of that year. So was Rohese.
Joan She was betrothed to Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (q.v.) in 1204 , and m. to him in 1205. 
Her role as ambassadress and intermediary between her husband and the Crown in the period 1211-32 was an important one. 
In April 1226 Joan obtained a papal decree from Pope Honorius III, declaring her legitimate on the basis that her parents had been unmarried at the time of her birth, but without giving her a claim to the English throne.
In spite of the tragic liaison with William de Breos (see Braose family ), which resulted in a short term of imprisonment for Joan , Llywelyn 's attachment to her appears to have been genuine. 
In 1230, Llywelyn discovered Joan in adultery with William de Braose in their bedchamber. William de Braose was hanged, and Joan herself was imprisoned for some time before Llywelyn accepted her back as his wife.
At Easter 1230, William de Braose, 10th Baron Abergavenny, who was Llywelyn's nominal prisoner at the time, was discovered together with Joan in Llywelyn's bedchamber. William de Braose was hanged in the marshland at the foot of Garth Celyn, the place known since as Gwern y Grog.
Joan herself was placed out of public view, under virtual house arrest, at Garth Celyn, for twelve months after the incident. She was then (apparently) forgiven by Llywelyn, and restored as wife and princess. She may have given birth to a daughter early in 1231.
When she d. at the palace of Aber on 2 Feb. 1237 her body was conveyed across the Menai and buried in a new cemetery near the manor of Llan-faes , where Llywelyn founded a Franciscan friary in her memory. She was the mother of Dafydd ap Llywelyn (q.v.) . [A stone coffin, removed from Llan-faes at the Dissolution, and now preserved in S. Mary's church at Beaumaris , is reputed to be hers.]
Joan was never called Princess of Wales, but, in Welsh, "Lady of Wales." She died at the royal home, Garth Celyn, Aber Garth Celyn, on the north coast of Gwynedd in 1237. Llywelyn's great grief at her death is recorded; he founded a Franciscan friary on the seashore at Llanfaes, opposite the royal home, in her honour. The friary was consecrated in 1240, shortly before Llywelyn died.
Joan was buried at the priory of Llanfaes near Beaumaris. Her sarcophogus is at Beaumaris parish church, Anglesey.
(Royal Ancestry) His (Llywelyn's) wife, Joan, died at Aber (colloquial name for Aberystwyth) 2 Feb.1237, and was buried in the new cemetery at Friars Minors, Llanfaes, Angelsey.
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On 26 Feb 2016 at 14:45 GMT Jack Day wrote:
On 15 Feb 2016 at 05:55 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
Elen/Ellen/Helen, legitimate daughter of Llywelyn by his wife Joan [see CCR Henry III, 3:538-9, and Andrew B. W. MacEwen, "Elen, Countess of Chester: a daughter of Joan, Princess of North Wales, _The Genealogist 4:137-8], married John 'le Scot', Earl of Huntingdon, Cambridge and Chester, son of David, Earl of Huntingdon and his wife Maud [of Chester]. Helen is suspected of poisoning her first husband (she afterwards married Robert de Quincy, who died s.p.). At John 'le Scots death, his heirs were the two daughters of his eldest sister and his three surviving other sisters.
On 15 Feb 2016 at 05:44 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
On 10 Feb 2016 at 16:50 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
Hi! I know my "to-do" category to review the attached profiles has been on this profile for a while. Recent discussion about "daughter" Margaret has prompted bumping her up to my "To Do Today or Tomorrow" list. See http://www.wikitree.com/g2g/217409/detach-wrong-mother-from-margaret-verch-lewellyn-clifford
On 20 Jul 2015 at 17:21 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:
Plantangenet-2 and FitzJohn-120 appear to represent the same person because: dates are off between the two, but these profiles are both intended to represent the same person. Please merge. Thanks!
On 9 Jul 2015 at 10:51 GMT Gene Adkins JR wrote:
On 27 Mar 2015 at 21:00 GMT Vic Watt wrote:
On 27 Mar 2015 at 20:42 GMT Tim Perry wrote:
On 23 Sep 2014 at 07:37 GMT Tim Perry wrote:
On 2 Aug 2014 at 14:55 GMT Tim Perry wrote:
Joan is 23 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 21 degrees from Cindy Lesure, 24 degrees from Bonnie Thornton and 20 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.