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The Jedton Dynasty (or Dynasty of the Seven Lords) was the royal house to which King Kavila, ruler of Lanna from 1782, belonged. It is also referred to as the Thipchakre Dynasty, Thiphayawongse Dynasty and Thipchakrathiwongse Dynasty after its progenitor (see under History).

History

It was established towards the end of the reign of King Daysra of Ayuthia by Thipchang of Nan, a mahout and woodsman who was appointed ruler of Lampang City for good military deeds. Afterwards his grandson, urged by King Kavila, helped restore southern Lanna with the help of the royal army of King Taksin the Great of Thonburi.

The Jedton dynasty is noted for having formed ties with other older Lannanese dynasties such as the Mangrai and Chiengsaen dynasties of which King Mangrai the Great and Phya Ngammuang were respective members thereby incorporating them into the dynasty through marriage.

Moreover, many male members of the Jedton Dynasty intermarried with members of the Chakri Dynasty; two such worth noting are Princess Sri Anocha and Princess Dararasmi. It is held that such a bond between the two dynasties, forged since the dawn of the Bangkok Era, proved to help ease the transition of Lanna into the lands of Siam proper.

Seal

The seal of the Jedton Dynasty is the representative seal for those who attach the royal suffix na Lampang to their surnames, passed down since before the reforms of traditional land division were imposed. The seal shows a white cockerel standing on a crystal pedestal surrounded by flowers of various kinds. This seal is likely still preserved in that of Lord Subhadra Bhubanija Charoenkula Viratana Kasem na Lampang.

References

  • The Chronicles of Chiang Mai Ed.2, trans. David K. Wyatt and Aroonrat Wichienkaeo, Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 1998, pp141-157 ISBN 9747100622
  • Ongsakul, Sarassawadee, History of Lanna, trans. Chitraporn Tanratanakul, Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, Thai text 2001, English text 2005, pp129-143 ISBN 9749575849
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