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Ceneu ap Coel Hen, Saint, Brenin Rheged & Catraeth

Also Known As: "King of Northern /England/", "Saint", "aka Kenaw (Keneu Kenneth) ap COEL Godebog; King of Northern BRITAIN", "King of North Britain"
Birthplace: Pennines, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
Death: circa 470 (81-98)
Scotland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Coel Hen ap Tegfan, King of Northern Britain and Ystradwel "the Fair" verch Gadeon, of Rheged
Father of Pappo ap Ceneu; Mor Maeswig ap Ceneu, of Ebrauc, King N. Britain; Gwrwst Ledlwm 'half bare' ap Ceneu, King of Rheged and Eidion Darianlas ap Ceneu
Brother of Gwawl verch Coel; Garbanian ap Coel, King of Bryneich and Dyfrwr ap Coel

Occupation: King
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About Ceneu ap Coel Hen, Saint, Brenin Rheged & Catraeth

See Peter Bartrum, https://www.geni.com/documents/view?doc_id=6000000173393042924 (February 5, 2023; Anne Brannen, curator)

See Peter Bartrum, https://www.geni.com/documents/view?doc_id=6000000173392948868 (February 5, 2023; Anne Brannen, curator)

See Darrell Wolcott, http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id93.html, "Pedigree of the Ancient Lords of Ial," for the untangling of these lines. (April 21, 2016, Anne Brannen, curator)


Name: Ceneu ap COEL

Given Name: Ceneu ap

Surname: Coel

Sex: M

Change Date: 13 MAY 2009


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Birth: 374 in Pennines, Britain

Endowment: 21 MAY 1930

Reference Number: > 255 WEL

Death: Y

Father: Coel Hen Guotepauk (Godhebog Guotepauc) KING OF GODODDIN b: 360 in , Pennines, Britain

Mother: Ywstradwel ferch GADEON b: 347 in North Britain

Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown


Gwrwst "Ledlwm" ap CENEU b: 400 in South Reged, Britain

Maeswig "Gloff" (Mar) ap CENEU b: ABT 397 in , Pennines, Britain
Eidion "Darianlas" ap CENEU b: ABT 402 in , South Reged, Britain
Pabo "Post Prydyn" ap CENEU b: ABT 424 in , Pennines, Britain

Abbrev: Pedigree Resource File CD 6

Title: Pedigree Resource File CD 6 (Salt Lake City, UT: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 1999)serve, Inc., 1999)serve, Inc., 1999).


  • St. Cenue ap Coel Hen

born about 0450 Pennines, Britain


  • Coel Hen "The Old" Dux Britannorum

born about 0420


  • Ystradwel verch Cadfan Gadeon

born about 0420 North Britain


  • Gwawl verch Coel Hen

Garbaniawn ap Coel Hen




  • Pabo Post Prydyn ap Cenue born about 0480
  • Maeswig Gloff ap Cenue born about 0425?
  • Mar ap Cenue born about 0490
  • Gwrgwst Lledlwm "the Ragged"ap Cenue born about 0400? South Reged, Britain

biographical and/or anecdotal:

notes or source:


First name in Welsh ~ 'Cenyw', Latin ~ 'Ceneus', English ~ 'Kenneth'. Inherited 1/2 of North Britain. He upheld the old Christian ways.

Source: David Nash Ford's ~ 'Early British Kingdoms' (internet)


REFN: 6373

(Welsh, Cenyw/Latin, Ceneus/English, Kenneth) Ceneu was an early King of Northern Britain, the heir of Coel Hen (the Old). His Kingdom stretched from Coast to Coast. Ceneu appears to have been canonized because he upheldthe old Christian ways while under intense pressure from invading pagans. High-King Vortigern's policy of employing Saxon mercenaries to defeat British enemies meant that, for most of his reign, Ceneu was obliged to accept the help of the Saxons, Octha and Ebissa, in pushing back invading Picts from his kingdom. Their interference was widely resented and it was not until after theKentish

rebellion that they were finally brought under control. Magnanimous in victory, Ceneu allowed the Saxons to settle in Deywr (Deira - East Yorkshire). Upon his death, Ceneu's kingdom was divided between his two sons, Gwrgant and Mor. Gwrgant took the western lands stretching from the Salway to theMersey, while Mor inherited the central kingdom around the old capital, Ebrauc (York).