Meirchion Gul "The Lean" Ap Gwgwrst, King of Rheged
|Also Known As:||"King of /Rheged/", "The Lean", "the Lean", "Gul", ""The Lean"", "King of RHEGED; aka Mairchiongul ap GORWST LEDLUM; `the Lean'", "Meirchion "Gul"", "meaing Meirchion the Lean"|
|Death:||Died in Rheghed|
Son of Gwrast Lledlwn "the Ragged" ap Ceneu and Ewerich verch Kevenard
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About Meirchion Gul ap Gwrast Lledlwy
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: Merichion"Gul" ap GWRWST
Given Name: Merichion"Gul" ap
Change Date: 13 MAY 2009
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Birth: 430 in South Reged, Britain
Endowment: 5 JUN 1930
Reference Number: > 283 WEL
Father: Gwrwst "Ledlwm" ap CENEU b: 400 in South Reged, Britain
Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
Cynfarch "Oer" ap MEIRCHION b: 459 in South Reged, Britain
Elidir "Lydanwyn" ap MEIRCHION b: 457 in South Reged, Britain
Idno ap MEIRCHION b: ABT 455 in , South Reged, 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).
First name aka 'Meirchaum' or Merchiaun'.
Cynfarch Oer (also known as Cunomarcus or Cynfarch ap Meirchion) was probably a 6th century king of the Sub-Roman realm of Rheged, believed to be located in north-west England and south-west Scotland.
Next to nothing is known about Cynfarch. He appears in the Old Welsh pedigrees of the Brythonic 'Men of the North' as the son of the equally obscure Meirchion Gul (Marcianus the Lean) and father of the slightly better documented Urien Rheged. His name was well remembered however and his family were known as the 'Cynferchyn' in his honour. His unflattering epithet Oer means 'the Dismal'.
It is assumed that Cynfarch ruled in Rheged before Urien. Accepting H.M. Chadwick's suggestion that Senyllt ap Dingad was a king of Galloway, expelled to the Isle of Man around 550, David Nash Ford suggests that Cynfarch was his oppressor. Hence the apparent 'Rheged' placename at Dunragit near Stranraer and tales of Mark ap Meirchion (or Cun-mark ap Meirchion) in the same area. He may also have been a participant in the Battle of Arfderydd in 573.
Meirchion Gul ap Gwrast Lledlwy's Timeline
Cymmer, Neath Port Talbot, Wales
South Reged, England