Ednyfed, King of Dyfed
(Born c.AD 373)
(Latin: Demetius, English: Edmund)
King Anwn Dynod's son. Ednyfed, alias Dyfed, appears to have been the personification of is father's powerbase in South-West Wales. He was probably born there in the late 4th century and hence was named after it. The area was then still known by the Roman name of the Civitas Demetarum, named after the local Celtic tribe of the Demetae. It is not clear whether his father died before or after the final withdrawal of Roman troops from Britain around AD 410, but Ednyfed certainly appears to have upheld the family honour and soon established a local monarchy.
Ednyfed married and had at least two
sons, Gloitgwyn and Dyfnwal. The Dyfed dynasty continued with the former,
down to his son, King Clotri. Dyfnwal
may have inherited a sub-region of the kingdom, but his apparent son, Ynyr
Gwent, moved eastward upon acquiring the kingdom of Gwent through
an advantageous marriage.
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