Pawl Penychen, King of Penychen
(Born c.AD 467)
(Latin: Paulinus; English: Paul)
Pawl was one of the many sons of
King Glywys Cernyw of Glywysing. In the
late 5th century, he inherited the Kingdom of Penychen in Mid-South Wales
which he ruled from Nant Pawl and, possibly, the Caerau Hillfort. He was a
patron of several well-known Welsh Saints. These including his nephew, St.
Cadog, to whom he gave the land on which he built the great Abbey
of Llancarfan; and St. Illtud who was an
officer in his army before Cadog converted him to Christianity. Pawl had
no children and, at his death, he left his kingdom to his nephew.
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