|Meirchion "Gul" AP GWRAST Chieftan in Rheged
Meirchion "Gul" (the Lean) AP GWRAST Chieftan in Rheged
- Born: South Rheged, Wales
Meirchion was also called Marcianus filius Gurgustus.
Compiler's 43 x great-grandfather
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
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.