Ceneu AP COEL Chieftan in Cumbria
Gwrast "Ledwm" AP CENEU Chieftan in Rheged
Meirchion "Gul" AP GWRAST Chieftan in Rheged


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Meirchion "Gul" (the Lean) AP GWRAST Chieftan in Rheged

  • Born: South Rheged, Wales

   Meirchion was also called Marcianus filius Gurgustus.

  General Notes:

Compiler's 43 x great-grandfather

  Research Notes:

Next to nothing is known about Meirchion, although his epithet means the Lean. He appears in the Middle Welsh genealogical text Bonedd Gwyr y Gogledd as the son of the equally obscure Gwrwst Lledlwm, a grandson of Coel Hen, and grandfather of renowned Urien Rheged. He is assumed, like Urien, to have ruled Rheged, including Catterick. 1


Gwrast map Ceneu died in 490, and his eldest son, Meirchion, took the throne of central Rheged (Salway & Llwyfenydd), while his younger son, Masgwid, became the first king of a newly independent Elmet. Rheged was now a vastly reduced kingdom, and the southern districts in the Ribble and Mærsea valleys had become ungovernable. 2

  Marriage Information:

Meirchion married Essylt FERCH CULWYNEDD.


1 Wikipedia, Meirchion Gul, citing Trioedd Ynys Prydein (Cardiff, 1961; republished 1991), Rachel Bromwich.

2 Cælin's Chronicle, The Rise of Northumbria, The Anglian Ascendancy AD 410 to 638.

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