Cynyr Ceinfarfog, Lord of Caer Goch
(Born c.AD 450)
(Latin: Cunoricus; English: Kendrick)
Cynyr the Fair Bearded was a
local lord in Dyfed, who ruled the Cantref of Pebidiog from one (or all)
of the three places called Castell-Coch (Caer Gawch) near Mynyw (St.
Davids). He, apparently, also held Caer-Gynyr (later Caer Cai) near Bala
in Penllyn and it was supposedly at these fortified sites that he raised
the High-King Arthur as his
foster-son. This followed Myrddin (alias Merlin)'s
agreement with the High-King Uther that
his son should be brought up free from the knowledge of his onerous
inheritance, with the Magician as his tutor. In later romance, Cynyr
became known as Sir Ector. Cynyr's name is the equivalent of the Irish,
Connor, and indicates that he was one of the many Irish immigrants who
colonized Dyfed in the mid-5th century. In fact, he appears to be
identical to Prince Conchrad (son of Duí Tenga Uma, a late 5th century
King of Connaught) who was St. Mo-Chop (Cybi)'s
grandfather. Cynyr apparently married Princess Sefin, the daughter of St.
Brychan, King of Brycheiniog, a monarch also of Irish origin; but
the mother of his children appears to have been his second wife, St.
daughter of Vortimer Fendigaid, King of
Gwerthefyriwg (Gwent). He is occasionally called Cynyr Wledig (the
Imperator) or Cynyr Goch (the Red).
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