Notes for Llyr Llediaith ap Ceri of SILURIA


Information beyond this pint is taken from the book "Royal Ancestors of Magna
Charta Barons" by Carr P. Collins Jr., published in 1959. His reference data
is from the Magna Charta pg 158 LLYR LLEDIAITH, also known as Lear II and
Tasciovanus, was the son of Ceri. Llediaith is a name meaning 'the act of
speaking Welsh with a foreign accent'. Dunraven castle (in Glamorgan) was
situated on a hill which was called Twyn Rhyvan or 'The Hill of Rome'. (Wurts,
1942; Morgan 1911)

Llyr married PENARDDUN, daughter of granddaughter of Beli who was the son of
Mynogan, also 'Manogan'. She married Eurosswydd and had Nissyan and Evnissyen.
Beli was a Druid king of Britain in BC 132 and who died in BC 72. He was the
father of Caswallon also 'Cassibilane' 'Cassiovelaunus' and Lud.

Llyr was educated in Rome by Augustus Caesar. Llyr probably lived in one of
the royal seats of Siluria, Dunraven Castle in Glamorgan. In 55 BCE Julius
Caesar received a number of the young nobility of Britain as hostages and we
know that one of them was Prince Cynvelin (Cunobelinus). Although Cynvelin was
educated in Rome, he was not the father of Caradoc, as Dio Cassius reported.
The whole hill upon which Dunraven Castle stands was called Twyn Rhyvan ("The
Hill of Rome"). Llyr's grandson, Caradoc, spoke Latin so fluently and
eloquently at Rome, before the Imperial throne in the camp of Mars, to
Claudius Caesar, the Empress Agrippina, the Roman Court and other nobility, he
was pardoned for resisting the Roman Army. More often than not, in the Roman
provinces of Spain, France, and Britain, Celtic chieftains continued to rule
over their tribes and territory. These warlords might have Latin names, live
in Roman villas, and fight alongside legionary armies, but they were still
Celts. Celtic warlords accepted the material luxuries, military
sophistication, Christian religion and Latin literature of the Romans, but
they still remained in control of their own land. They maintained the Roman
way of life because they liked it. But, underneath it all, it was Celtic
tribal loyalties and customs that kept the ordinary man in order, not Roman
citizenship. An historical quote attributed to Llyr: No folly but ends in
misery." (Wurts, 1942; Morg an 1911) Ruled from 20 BCE to 10 CE
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Notes for John Ross SIMONS


1851 Old Settler roll: Delaware, Group 15
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