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CHILDREN OF
BRYCHAN BRYCHEINIOG

Source Records

From a combination of sources, it appears that the most popular Celtic tradition concerning King Brychan Brycheiniog stated that he had eleven sons and twenty-four daughters. However, their numbers grew over time, as more and more seculars as well as saints wished to claim descent from one of the Holy Families of Britain. Welsh, Cornish and Irish sources are, however, at complete variants with each other over the names of these children.


The earliest and most reliable sources are the De Situ Brecheniauc, the Cognacio Brychan and the Jesus College MS20. These Welsh records all list the following sons of Brychan, the first by Banhadlwedd daughter of Banadl, the others by his three wives, Prawst, Rhybrawst and Eurbrawst:

Cynog

Rhain Dremrudd

Clydwyn

Arthen

Papai

Dingad

Berwyn

Rhydog

 

The following sons appear in the Cognacio Brychan and the Jesus College MS20, though the De Situ Brecheniauc refers to them as grandsons:

Cynon

Pasgen

Cylflifer

 

These two sources also list two extra sons:

Marthaerun

Rhun

 

Other Welsh sources claim the following additional sons:

Caian

Cynbryd

Cynfran

Cynin

Dogfan

Dyfnan

Dyfrig

Hychan

Llecheu

Neffei

Rhawin

Llofan

Llonio

Heilin

Afallach

Gwynnen

Gwynnws

 

The De Situ Brecheniauc also lists the following daughters:

Meleri

Hunydd

Gwladys

Ceingar

Tudglid

Nyfain

Gwawr

Marchell

Lluan

Gwrygon Goddeu

Arianwen

Bethan

Ceinwen

Cerddych

Clydai

Cynheiddon

Dwynwen

Eiliwedd

Goleudydd

Gwen

Lludd

Tudful

Tudwystl

Tybie

 

Other Welsh sources list the following extra daughters:

Beiol

Tydieu

Eufail

Hawystl

Edwen

Gwenrhiw

Tudwen

Callwen

Gwenfyl

Gwennan

Mwynwen

 

Cornish sources are based on the Life of St.Nectan in the Gotha MS M.n.57 and list twenty-four children of Brychan by his wife, Gwladys:

 Adwen

 

Canauc

(Cynog)

Cleder

(Clether)

Dilic

 (Illick)

Endilient

(Endelienta)

Helie

 

Johannes

(Ieun)

Iona

 

Juliana

(Ilud)

Kenhender

(Cynidr)

Keri

(Curig)

Mabon

(Mabena)

Menfre

(Menefrewy)

Merewenne

(Marwenna)

Morewenna

(Morwenna)

Nectanus

(Nectan)

Tamalanc

 

Tedda

 (Tetha)

Wencu

 

Wenheden

(Enoder)

Wenna

(Gwen)

Wensent

 

Wynup

(Gwenabwy)

Yse

(Issey)

 

The Irish record of The Mothers of the Irish Saints is found in the Books of Leinster, Ballymote, Lecan and Uí Maine. They list the following sons by Brychan's wife, Dína daughter of the King of the Saxons:

 Mo-Goróc

 

Mo-Chonóc

(Cynog)

Diraid

 

Dubán

(Dyfnan)

Cairinne

(Caian)

Cairpre

 

Iast

 

Ellóc

(Dilic)

Paan

 

Cáemán

 

Mo-Beóc

 

 

Breton Tradition says that Brychan married Menedoc daughter of Constantine, King of the Scots. Together they were the parents of:

Nennocha

 

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