Meurig ap Tewdrig, King of Glywyssing & Gwent

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About Meurig ap Tewdrig, King of Glywyssing & Gwent

Meurig ap Tewdrig was a prince of the Silurian Britons at the commencement of the sicth century, and who was known as a man of great valour and wisdom. In current research, in all probablility Meurig is the one known as, Uthyr or Uther of legendary celebrity for being the father of King Arthur.

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Meurig was the only son of King Caradog Freichfras (Strong-Arm) of Gwent & the Vannetais. He is best known for uniting the Kingdoms of Gwent and Glywysing, through his marriage to the only daughter of King Glywys of Glywysing. Princess Dyfwn had many brothers, so Meurig must have been considerably surprised when they all died childless, save one. The heir to Glywysing, St. Cadog ruled for a while before turning full time to a religious life and passing his grandfather's Kingdom to his aunt Dyfwn and her husband. Meurig died in the late 6th century and was succeeded by his son, Erbig. He is often confused with his descendant and namesake.


Meurig, King of Gwent & Glywysing (c.596-c.665) (Latin: Mauricius; English: Maurice)

Meurig was the son of St. Tewdrig. He took on the Gwentish throne upon his father's abdication in the early-7th century. He was a Warrior King who kept the Saxons at bay and reunited his Kingdom with Ergyng by marrying Princess Onbrawst daughter of King Gwrgan Fawr (the Great) of that Kingdom. Her brothers were apparently no match for Meurig's expansionistic policies. He is said to have been a great patron of Llandaff Cathedral where he was eventually buried. His eldest son having, apparently, predeceased him, Meurig was succeeded by his grandsons, Ithel and Morgan Mwynfawr, Joint-Kings of Ergyng.

Some researchers claim he used the title "Uther Pendragon" which translates as Wonderful Commander. He is thus identified as the High-King Arthur's father. http://www.earlybritishkingdoms.com/bios/meuritgt.html