Gwrast "Ledwm" AP CENEU Chieftan in Rheged
Meirchion "Gul" AP GWRAST Chieftan in Rheged
Elidyr "Lydanwyn" AP MEIRCHION Chieftan in South Rheged
(Est 520-590)


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Elidyr "Lydanwyn" (the Stout) AP MEIRCHION Chieftan in South Rheged 1

  • Born: Est 520, South Rheged, Wales
  • Died: 590, Powys, Montgomery, Wales

  General Notes:

Compiler's 42 x great-grandfather

  Research Notes:

Some sources show Elidyr having been born in the mid fifth century, which seems a tad early.


ELIDYR LYDANWYN, a chieftan among the Cumbrian Britons in the middle of the fifth century. He was the father of Llywarch Hen, by Gwawr, the daughter of Brychan. 2


The first King of Rheged's southern region inherited from his father, Meichion Gul, in the mid-530s. It covered modern Lancashire and Cheshire, and was probably centred on Ribchester or Lancaster. Rheged-dale or modern Rochdale still retains the name of his Kingdom. Little is known about him, unlike his contemporary and namesake with whom he is often confused, the Strathclyde Prince, Elidyr Mwynfawr (the Wealthy). 3

  Marriage Information:

Elidyr married Gwawr FERCH BRYCHAN, daughter of St. Brychan AP ANLLACH Brenin Brycheiniog and Mendog AP DYFNWAL of Strathclyde. (Gwawr FERCH BRYCHAN was born about 470 in Brycheiniog, Breconshire, Wales.)


1 The Life of Saint Brychan: King of Brycheiniog and Family, by Brian Daniel Starr, p. 55 (Descendants of Gwawr verch Brychan Brycheiniog).

2 The Cambrian Biography..., William Owen Pughe, p. 113.

3 Early British Kingdoms, David Nash Ford, Elidyr Llydanwyn, King of South Rheged.

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