Rhun was the youngest son of King Urien Rheged. He married and had a family, but in later years, appears to have been a priest in the Celtic Church, possibly under the influence of St. Ninnian at Whithorn. He may have spent much of the late 6th century at the Royal Court of King Iago of Gwynedd, where he would have become aquainted with the young exiled King Edwin of Deira. Rhun is recorded to have later baptised him, some years prior to his later re-conversion by St. Paulinus. (A theory suggesting that Paulinus was Rhun's baptismal name and that the two were therefore one and the same person seems rather unlikely.) Rhun's son, Rhoyth, was the father of Princess Riemmelth and probably the last King of North Rheged.
Records of Rhun date back to the 9th century. He is generally considered historic.
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