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Cynan Meriadoc, King of Dumnonia

Male Abt 305 - Abt 395  (~ 90 years)


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  • Name Cynan Meriadoc 
    Suffix King of Dumnonia 
    Born Abt 305  Armorica (Brittany, Gaul) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Conan Meridoc "The Barbarian" 
    Died Abt 395 
    Notes 
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      Alternate spellings: Welsh-Cynan, Latin-Conanus, English-Conan

      Conan was the son of Octavius the Old's brother, Gerontius, (or Octavius himself according
      to the "Dream of Macsen Wledig") and had expected to inherit his uncle's kingdom.
      Originally, he was considerably put out by the rise to power of his cousin's husband,
      Magnus Maximus, and he organised a rebellion against him, aided by Picts & Scots.
      However, being defeated, Conan became great friends with his rival and travelled with
      Maximus to the continent to help him become Emperor of the West. He was given Brittany
      as a reward for killing the previous holder of the title. His new Kingdom, was well settled
      by his men-at-arms, however they lacked wives. Therefore, in order to populate the area,
      he sent to his uncle's old ally, King Donaut of Dumnonia for numerous Cornish ladies.

      Conan proposed to cement the alliance of their two peoples by marrying Donaut's daughter,
      Ursula. Though Dunaut was delighted at the match, Ursula had her heart set on a life
      devoted only to God. She agreed to the marriage, on the condition that she first be allowed
      to go on a pilgrimage throughout Europe. Conan appears to have joined her in Rome,
      where the two must have been married, probably by Pope Cyriacus himself. He apparently
      did not travel to Cologne where Ursula died. In later years, he inherited Dumnonia from
      his father-in-law. Brittany & Dumnonia were united for only a short time, for, as his
      second wife, Conan married St.Patrick's sister, Dareca of Ireland, and he left one each of
      his Kingdoms to the sons of his two marriages. He probably died about 395.

      Cynan was Prince of Albaine and Powys. He is a legendary figure and is reported to have married Dareara, sister of Saint Patrick and daughter of Calphurnius (Calpinn), and Cynan's cousin. Cynan is supposed to have left Britain to form a colony in Armorica, France, in 384 A.D. {per "Royal Ancestors of Magna Charta Barons," Carr P. Collins, Jr., Dallas, 1959, p. 137 - the legend has Cynan's ancestors back to Japhet, Noah's son (23 generations). Cf. "The Age of Arthur," John Morris (Scribner's, 1973, pp.250, 256-7).} He r. Nantes in Brittany.

      \ul«b»<http://www.britannia.com/bios/ebk/conanmdm.html>

      \ulnone«/b»Conan Meriadoc,
      'King' of Dumnonia & Brittany
      (born c.305)
      «i»(Welsh-Cynan, Latin-Conanus, English-Conan)«/i»

      Conan was the son of «u»Octavius the Old <http://www.britannia.com/bios/ebk/eudanc.html>«/u»'s brother, Gerontius, (or Octavius himself according to the «i»Dream of Macsen Wledig«/i»). He had expected to inherit his uncle's position of influence in what is now Wales, until his cousin, Helena, married the Roman citizen, «u»Magnus Maximus <http://www.britannia.com/history/biographies/maximus.html>«/u». Originally, Conan was considerably put out by this man's rise to power and he organised a rebellion against him, aided by Picts & Scots. However, being defeated, Conan became great friends with his rival and travelled with Maximus to the continent to help him become Emperor of the West. He was given control over Armorica (modern Brittany) as a reward for killing the previous holder of the title. His new province, was well settled by his men-at-arms, however they lacked wives. Therefore, in order to populate the area, he sent to his uncle's old ally, «u»Donaut <http://www.britannia.com/bios/ebk/donaudm.html>«/u» of Dumnonia for numerous Cornish ladies. Conan proposed to cement the alliance of their two peoples by marrying Donaut's daughter, «u»Ursula <http://www.britannia.com/bios/ebk/ursuldm.html>«/u». Though Donaut was delighted at the match, Ursula had her heart set on a life devoted only to God. She agreed to the marriage, on the condition that she first be allowed to go on a pilgrimage throughout Europe. Conan appears to have joined her in Rome, where the two must have been married, probably by Pope Cyriacus himself. He apparently did not travel to Cologne where Ursula died. In later years, he gained considerable influence in Dumnonia after the death of his father-in-law. The Governorship of Armorica & Dumnonia was united for only a short time. As his second wife, Conan married Dareca of Ireland, a supposed, though unlikely, sister of St. Patrick. Upon Conan's death, around AD 395, control of each region fell to the sons of his two marriages, «u»Gadeon <http://www.britannia.com/bios/ebk/gadeodm.html>«/u» and «u»Gradlon <http://www.britannia.com/bios/ebk/gradlmby.html>«/u».
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      AKA: Conan Meriadog

      Welsh-Cynan, Latin-Conanus, English-Conan


      "EUDAF HEN'S ANCESTRY: Mythological Background The family of Eudaf Hen - or Octavius the Ol d as he would have been known to his contemporaries - hailed from the Gwent area of Wales. Eudaf was apparently Lord of the Gewissae. The Gewissae are a confused people. Some think they were the Germanic race who lived around Dorchester-on-Thames and Abingdon even before the Romans left Britain. They later merged with the West Saxons who continued to use the name. However, there are other indications that they were the British who lived further to the West. The word "Gewissae" may be related to Ewyas, the northern region of Gwent, and, possibly, to the Hwicce, an apparently Saxon people who lived in Gloucestershire. Their name may have had British origins. There are tales of Eudaf holding court at Caer Segeint (Caernarfon), but this was probably due to associations with his son-in-law, the Emperor Magnus Maximus. The Gwent/Gloucestershire area would appear to have been his real home, like the tyrant Vortigern who seems to have claimed him as an ancestor. But Eudaf is a man on the boundaries of mythology. All that can really be said about him is that he probably lived in the early 4th century. He supposedly took up the British High-Kingship after defeating King Coel Godhebog (the Magnificent)'s brother, Trahearn. However, even the old Celtic client-kingdoms under Roman rule had disappeared by this period. If Eudaf held any office of power, it would have been a simple administrative role; perhaps a praeses of Britannia Prima or a decurion of Gloucester or Caerwent. He had no sons and was succeeded by his son-in-law, the Emperor Magnus Maximus. Conan, his nephew, had to be content as King of both Brittany and Dumnonia. Like many prominent men of their era, Eudaf and Conan claimed descent from Celtic Gods: Llyr Llediarth (Half-Speech), God of the Sea and his son, Bran Fendigaid (the Blessed), who was mortalized in popular tradition as a King of Siluria (Gwent). The pedigree below is gleaned from several sources, but is of little historical value: Llyr Lleddiarth (Half-Speech), Abt 55 bc - m. Iweriadd ferch Beli Mawr (the Great), 60 bc - Bran Fendigaid (the Blessed), Abt 20 bc - Caradog ap Bran (see below) Alan ap Bran, Abt 22 - Sadwr ap Bran, Abt 24 - Nine Others, Abt 26 - Caradog ap Bran, Abt 20 - Coellyn ap Caradog, Abt 60 - Owain ap Beli, Abt 100 - Meirchion ap Owain, Abt 140 - Cwrrig Fawr (the Great), Abt 180 - Gwrddwfn ap Cwrrig, Abt 215 - Einudd ap Gwrddwfn, Abt 250 - Eudaf Hen (the Old), King of Ewyas & High-King of Britain, Abt 283 - St. Elen Lwyddog (of the Host), Abt 340 - (m. Magnus Maximus, Emperor of the Western Roman Empire, d.388) Gereint ap Einudd (see below) Arthfael ap Einudd, Abt 310 - Gwrgant ap Arthfael, Abt 330 - Meirchion ap Gwrgant, Abt 370 - Gereint ap Einudd, Abt 285 - Conan Meriadoc, King of Brittany & Dumnonia, Abt 305 - Abt 367, (1)m. St Ursula of Dumnonia, Abt 305 - from whom descend the Kings of Dumnonia & (2)m. Dareca of Ireland, Abt 310 - from whom descend the Kings of Brittany"
      «b»From Britannia.com «/b»----------------------------------------------------------------------

      Conan Meriadoc, 'King' of Dumnonia & Brittany (Born c.AD 305) (Welsh: Cynan; Latin: Conanus ; English: Conan) Conan was the son of Octavius the Old's brother, Gerontius, (or Octavius himself according to the Dream of Macsen Wledig). He had expected to inherit his uncle's position of influence in what is now Wales, until his cousin, Helena, married the Roman citizen, Magnus Maximus. Originally, Conan was considerably put out by this man's rise to power and he organised a rebellion against him, aided by Picts & Scots. However, being defeated, Conan became great friends with his rival and travelled with Maximus to the continent to help him become Emperor of the West. He was given control over Armorica (modern Brittany) as a reward for killing the previous holder of the title. His new province, was well settled by his men-at-arms, however they lacked wives. Therefore, in order to populate the area, he sent to his uncle's old ally, Donaut of Dumnonia for numerous Cornish ladies. Conan proposed to cement the alliance of their two peoples by marrying Donaut's daughter, Ursula. Though Donaut was delighted at the match, Ursula had her heart set on a life devoted only to God. She agreed to the marriage, on the condition that she first be allowed to go on a pilgrimage throughout Europe. Conan appears to have joined her in Rome, where the two must have been married, probably by Pope Cyriacus himself. He apparently did not travel to Cologne where Ursula died. In later years, he gained considerable influence in Dumnonia after the death of his father-in-law. The Governorship of Armorica & Dumnonia was united for only a short time. As his second wife, Conan married Dareca of Ireland, a supposed, though unlikely, sister of St. Patrick. Upon Conan's death, around AD 395, control of each region fell to the sons of his two marriages, Gadeon and Gradlon. [Early British Kingdoms]
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      «b»Conan Meriadoc «/b»
      «b»From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia «/b»
      Conan Meriadoc (modern Breton Konan Meriadeg, Welsh Cynan Meiriadog; Latin Conanus Meridia docus; died ca. 426 was the legendary 4th century founder of the house of Rohan and legendary leader of the earliest Brythonic settlement in Armorica .
      According to medieval Welsh sources (including vernacular texts and Geoffrey of Monmouth), C onan Meriadoc was the cousin (by marriage) of Macsen Wledig (Magnus Maximus) and nephew of Octavius. After he rebelled against Octavius, Macsen summoned him before departing to establish himself as Roman emperor, and gave Conan Armorica to rule as his own kingdom. Conan then led the settlement of Armorica by Welsh mercenaries and gave it the name of Llydaw (later Brittany, or "Little Britain").
      In the Cornish miracle play Beunans Meriasek, Conan is a kinsman of St Meriasek who tries ( unsuccessfully) to dissuade Meriasek from pursuing a religious life.


      «b»Sources: «/b»

      Title: Ordinance Index (R) Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Publicatio n: 1993 02 28 Edition


      Title: Early British Kingdoms website Author: David Nash Ford Publication: http://freespace.v irgin.net/david.ford2/Early%20British%20Ki ngdoms.html


      Title: David Nash Ford, Early Brittish Kingdoms: Geneaologies: West Country Royal Pedigree: K ings of Dumnonia, Cerniw & Lyonesse, 2000 Note:


      Title: "The History Files" Page: Breton


      Title: The Mammoth Book of British Kings and Queens; Mike Ashley, 1998 Page: 115


      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conan_Meriadoc

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conan
    • (Research):Before the arrival of the Romans, the Dumnonii seem to have inhabited the southwest peninsula of Britain as far east as the River Parrett in Somerset and the River Axe in Dorset, judging by the coin distributions of the Dobunni and Durotriges . [5] In the Roman period there was a provincial boundary between the area governed from Exeter and those governed from Dorchester and Ilchester .
      In the post Roman period the eastern boundary of Dumnonia is unclear. The boundary may have been formed by the West Wansdyke , Selwood Forest and Bokerly Dyke . Thus Dumnonia would have included later Cornwall, Devon, west Somerset and possibly parts of modern Dorset on the eastern border of the Durotriges kingdom. If so Dumnonia would have included places such as Glastonbury and South Cadbury . With the expansion of Wessex, the boundary was gradually pushed westward, see below.
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    Person ID I59910  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2015 

    Father Gerontius (or Gereint) of Wales ap Einudd,   b. About 0280, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F551616547  Group Sheet

    Family 1 St. Ursula verch Dynod, Princess of Dumnonia,   b. Abt 309, Dumonia (now Cornwall), Britain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Cologne Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 325  Rome Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Cadfan ap Cynan, King of Dumnonia,   b. Abt 330, Rome, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 405  (Age ~ 75 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F551616546  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Dareca of Britannia,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Gradlon Mawr "the Great", King of Brittany Gaul,   b. Abt 330, Bretagne, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 434, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 104 years)
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2009 
    Family ID F551617575  Group Sheet

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