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Sawyl Penuchel,
King of the Southern Pennines

(Born c.AD 488)
(Welsh: Sawyl; Latin: Samuvellus; English: Samuel)

The Kingdom of the Southern Pennines may have been known as the Peak, as later retained by the Saxon Pecset who settled the area. King Pabo Post Prydein's son, Sawyl the Arrogant may have obtained his epithet from some complacent actions during the loss of his kingdom in the late 6th century. He was forced to flee to Wales, probably Tegeingl (Flintshire) and then Morgannwg (Glamorgan). Sawyl held court on Allt Cynadda near Cydweli (Kidwelly) in later life, but he did not mend his arrogant ways and took to harassing St. Cadog at Llangadog. His warband stole all the food in the Abbey one day, and the saint was forced to pursue the evil doers till he found them sleeping under some trees. The monks then set about cutting-off the warriors' hair before running off into a bog. Sawyl and his men gave chase but all drowned in the process. The king was buried in the nearby mound known as "Banc Benuchel". His body was excavated there in 1850. Cadog had stripped Sawyl of all his regalia and he was merely covered with an hexagonal stone imitating his battle-shield.


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