St. Ceneu, King of Northern Britain
(Born c.AD 385)
(Welsh: Ceneu, Latin: Ceneus, English: Kenneth)

Ceneu was an early king of Northern Britain, apparently the heir of King Coel Hen (the Old). His supposed kingdom stretched from Coast to Coast. Ceneu appears to have been regarded as a saint because he upheld the old Christian ways while under intense pressure from invading pagans.

Ceneu appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain as having attended the coronation of the great King Arthur but he has probably been misplaced in time. Upon his death, Ceneu's kingdom seems to have beens divided between his two sons, Gurgust and Masguic Gloff. Gwrast took the western lands stretching from the Salway to the Mersey, while Mascuic (aka Mar for short) inherited the southern kingdom around the old capital, Ebrauc (York).

Records of King Ceneu date back to the 11th century. He is generally considered apocryphal.


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