Urien ap Cynfarch, Brenin Rhegid

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About Urien ap Cynfarch, Brenin Rhegid

  • Urien "Rheged" ap Cynfarch "Oer"

born about 0491 South Reged, Britain


  • Cynfarch "Oer" ap Meirchion "Gul"

born about 0570? Wales


  • Nyfain verch Brychan

born about 0570 Wales


  • Enynny verch Cynfarch "Oer" born about 0600? Wales


  • Modron verch Afallach

born about 0497 Wales


  • Pasgen ap Urien born about 0529 Wales
  • Rhun ap Urien

Owain ap Urien

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research of S. E. Oman Salt Lake City -------------------- Urien, father of Owain mab Urien (later known as Ywain), was an historical king of Rheged in northern England and southern Scotland during the 6th century. He became the 'King Urien of Gore' of Arthurian legend.

Little of Urien’s history is known for sure. He was the son of a certain Cynfarch Oer and seems to have fought against the rulers of the Angle kingdom Bernicia. Early on the relationship between Rheged and its neighboring British kingdoms was erratic, but Urien joined with other northern princes and defeated the rising Angles in several battles. His power and his victories, including Gwen Ystrad and Alt Clut Ford, are celebrated in the Book of Taliesin, the supposed author of which served as his bard. According to the Historia Brittonum, he was assassinated at the command of his ally Morcant Bulc who was jealous of his success. The Welsh Triads called him a battle leader of Britain. He had four sons, named Owain, Riwallawn, Run and Pascen, the eldest of which succeeded him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urien -------------------- PB: Ray Stevenson

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