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Urien ap Cynfarch, Brenin Rhegid

Also Known As: "Vryen", "Urien Rheged"
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Lindisfarne, Northumbria
Cause of death: Murdered
Immediate Family:

Son of Cynfarch Oer ap Meirchion, King of North Rheged and Nyfain verch Brychan
Husband of Unknown 1st Wife of Urien; Modron verch Afallach; Viviane del Acqs (Fictional); Orwen Ap Cynfarch and Morgan la Fay
Father of Rhiwallon ap Urien; Morfudd ap Urien; Cadell . ap Urien, Saint; Elffin ap Urien; Owain Rheged ap Urien, King of Rheged and 5 others
Brother of Enynny of the Northern Britons, ferch Cynfarch; Llewellyn ap Cynvarch, King in the North; Anarawn Bishop of Llydaw and Arawn ap Cynfarch, King North of the Salway

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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.


PB: Ray Stevenson

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