Petroc Baladrddellt, King of Dumnonia
(Born c.AD 600)
(Welsh: Pedrog; Latin: Petrocius; English: Petrock)

King Petroc, called 'Splintered Spear', is recorded in the traditional list of Kings of Cornwall in the Llyr Baglan, in the the Bonedd y Saint or 'Genealogies of the Saints' and also in a late version of the Trioedd ynys Prydein or 'Triads of the Island of Britain' as the son and successor to King Clemen. The latter document tells how he was one of the three just knights of the realm, but he meted out justice through the law of arms.

Other details of his life are still more legendary. He is listed in a Welsh literary work called the Pedwar Marchog ar Hugain Llys Arthur as one of the Twenty-Four Knights of King Arthur's Court, a supposed order of knighthood predating the Round Table. He was said to be a great warrior, whom tradition has made one of the few to survive the Battle of Camlann (though his traditional chronology would have him living somewhat later). However, if Petroc existed, it would appear that he has been hopelessly confused with the Patron Saint of Cornwall, St. Petroc of Bodmin.

One tradition has Petroc Baladrddellt dying at Y Ferwig in Ceredigion. He was supposedly succeeded by his son, Brochmail.

Records of Petroc Baladrddellt only date back to the 16th century. He is generally considered apocryphal.


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