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Elisedd ap Gwylog

Also Known As: "(Elisau", "Eliseg)", "Elised", "Elisse", "Eliset", "Elisau"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Ceredegion, Wales
Death: Died in Powys, Wales
Immediate Family:

Son of Gwylog ap Beli, Brenin Powys and Sanan ferch Nowy
Husband of N.N.
Father of Brochwel ap Elisedd

Occupation: King of Powys
Managed by: Scott David Hibbard
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About Elisedd ap Gwylog

Elisedd ap Gwylog (died c. 755), also known as Elise was king of Powys in eastern Wales.

Little has been preserved in the historical records about Elisedd, who was a descendant of Brochwel Ysgithrog. He appears to have reclaimed the territory of Powys after it had been overrun by the English. His great-grandson, Cyngen ap Cadell erected a column in his memory which stands not far from the later abbey of Valle Crucis. This is known as the Pillar of Eliseg, but the form Eliseg which appears on the column is thought to be a mistake by the carver of the inscription.

The Latin inscription on the pillar is now very hard to read, but was apparently clearer in the time of Edward Lhuyd who transcribed it. The translation of the part of the inscription referring to Elisedd is as follows:

+ Concenn son of Catell, Catell son of Brochmail, Brochmail son of Eliseg, Eliseg son of Guoillauc.

+ And that Concenn, great-grandson of Eliseg, erected this stone for his great-grandfather Eliseg.

+ The same Eliseg, who joined together the inheritance of Powys . . . out of the power of the Angles with his sword and with fire.

+ Whosoever repeats the writing, let him give a blessing on the soul of Eliseg.

Some old poems refer to Elisedd and assert he had a "special crown, a chain of twisted gold links, and armlets and anklets of gold which were the badges of sovereignty of Powys". [1] These artifacts have disappeared from history but perhaps resurfaced briefly during the coronation of Owain Glyndŵr in 1400.

Elisedd was succeeded by his son Brochfael.


Latin-Elisetus, English-Ellis

Elisedd is best known for his memorial stone: Eliseg's Pillar standing in Llantysilio-yn-Ial in Northern Powys. It was once topped by an enormous cross, and was erected by his great grandson some one hundred years after Elisedd's ascendancy in the early 8th century. Its inscription praises his victories against the Saxons and includes an exceptional record of the Powysian pedigree, stretching back to Vortigern and Magnus Maximus. Elisedd lived at nearby Castell Dinas-Bran, which is also associated with the Celtic ancestor god, Bran, and King Arthur's Quest for the Holy Grail.


Elisse ap Gwylog

born about 0670

died about 0750

father:

  • Gwylog ap Beli King of Powys

born about 0640

mother:

  • Sanant verch Nougoy

born about 0640

siblings:

unknown

spouse:

unknown

children:

  • Brochwel ap Elisse

born about 0700

biographical and/or anecdotal:

notes or source:

ancestry.com


Elisedd ap Gwylog (died c. 755), also known as Elise was king of Powys in eastern Wales.

Little has been preserved in the historical records about Elisedd, who was a descendant of Brochwel Ysgithrog.

He appears to have reclaimed the territory of Powys after it had been overrun by the English. His great-grandson, Cyngen ap Cadell erected a column in his memory which stands not far from the later abbey of Valle Crucis.

This is known as the Pillar of Eliseg, but the form Eliseg which appears on the column is thought to be a mistake by the carver of the inscription.

The Latin inscription on the pillar is now very hard to read, but was apparently clearer in the time of Edward Lhuyd who transcribed it. The translation of the part of the inscription referring to Elisedd is as follows:

+ Concenn son of Catell, Catell son of Brochmail, Brochmail son of Eliseg, Eliseg son of Guoillauc.

+ And that Concenn, great-grandson of Eliseg, erected this stone for his great-grandfather Eliseg.

+ The same Eliseg, who joined together the inheritance of Powys . . . out of the power of the Angles with his sword and with fire.

+ Whosoever repeats the writing, let him give a blessing on the soul of Eliseg.

Some old poems refer to Elisedd and assert he had a "special crown, a chain of twisted gold links, and armlets and anklets of gold which were the badges of sovereignty of Powys". These artifacts have disappeared from history but perhaps resurfaced briefly during the coronation of Owain Glyndŵr in 1400.

Elisedd was succeeded by his son Brochfael.


Also called Eliseg.2 Brenin Powys Elisedd ap Gwylog o Powys was son of Guoillauc.2 He was born circa 695.1 He was the son of Brenin Powys Gwylog ap Beli o Powys.1 King of Powys at Wales between 710 and 773.3 Brenin Powys Elisedd ap Gwylog o Powys "annexed the inheritance of Powys ... throughout nine (years?) from the power of the English, which he made into a sword-land by fire" in 720.2 He was co-ruler with Brenin Powys Brochfael ab Elisedd o Powys; King of Powys.3 Brenin Powys Elisedd ap Gwylog o Powys died in 773.1 He is best known for the memorial stone dedicated to him, Eliseg's Pillar, which stands in Llantysilio-yn-Ial in Northern Powys. It was once topped by an enormous cross, and was erected by his great grandson some one hundred years after Elisedd's ascendancy in the early 8th century. Its inscription praises his victories against the Saxons and includes an exceptional record of the Powysian pedigree, stretching back to Vortigern and Magnus Maximus. At Llantysilio-yn-Ial, Northern Powys, Wales, after 823.2 He was a witness where Brenin Powys Cyngen ap Cadell o Powys the King who erected Eliseg's Pillar after 823 at Llantysilio-yn-Ial, Northern Powys, Wales. 

http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cousin/html/p304.htm#i11697


See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisedd_ap_Gwylog
See Darrell Wolcott, who has worked extensively on untangling the Welsh lines: http://www.ancientwalesstudies.org/id117.html (January 15, Anne Brannen, curator)

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Ceredegion, Wales
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Age 30
Ysgithrog,Brenin,Powys,Wales
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Age 88
Powys, Wales
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