David Gam - Man at Arms to Henry V (Agincourt 1415)
Richard Games who ascended from one of the notorious traders in Wales, his name Dafydd Gam. He was the son of Einion App-Griffith of Pen Pont in Breconshire; wealthy family, distinguished family and Dafydd Gams grandfather had fought at the battle of Cressy.

Dafydd Gam became an esquire, to the king because King Henry had married into the Buckingham Family, the lords of Breconshire. So Dafydd Gam joined the army as an esquire at 40 marks a year.

He did very well in the army and a legend is that in 1404 he was sent to the Parliament of Owen Glyndwr Parliament at Machynlleth with the purpose of murdering Owen Glyndwr. There is no actual foundation for that, but we do know that Dafydd Gam took an important part in defeating Owen Glyndwr on the banks of the Usk in 1412.

Dafydd Gam went with the English King to fight at the battle of Agincourt and was killed, he was knighted for his bravery and our friend Shakespeare has referred to Dafydd Gam and the host of English Knights who were killed with him on that day. Dafydd Gam was of Norman and Welsh blood, so one can understand that he fought for the English. He was called Dafydd Gam because he had a squint and he joined the army as a very young man because he had murder his cousin, the Lord of Slewch in Brecon and then he runaway and join the army.

Shakespeare has written about him in Henry VI Act 4. “Here was a royal fellowship of death, where is the number of our English dead. Edward the Duke of York, the Earl of Suffolk, Sir Richard Celty, Davey Gam Esq., none else of name and of all other men but five and twenty, oh god, thy arm was here”. In other words, he was suggesting that David Gam was killed with the elite of the English army.
It is thought that David Gam took local archers from Penderyn and Ystradfellte and the bows came from the ewe trees at St Mary’s Church Ystradfellte.