St. Salom, King of Kernow
(Born c.AD 460)
(Welsh: Selyf; Latin: Solomanus; English: Solomon)

King Salom or Selyf appears to have been though to have succeeded his cousin, Marc, as King of Kernow (Cornwall) in the early 6th century, possibly even before the latter's death. Little is known about his reign, though he has been recorded as a 'princeps miltiae' or 'military prince'. He was a younger son of King Erbin of Dumnonia and married St. Wenna, the daughter of an Irish Prince who had settled at Caer-Goch near Mynyw (St. Davids). Their son was the famous St. Cybi, who was probably born at Callington, perhaps the site of Salom's palace. Other offspring may have included St. Fracan, and his description as 'King of [Dum]Nomnia' indicates that he probably inherited Kernow from Salom shortly before his emigration to Brittany. Salom seems to have been considered something of a holyman himself and is probably to be identified with Salwys, the founder the Church of Lansalos, not far from Callington. His memorial may possibly be the Chi-Rho inscribed stone to be seen at his nephew's foundation of St. Just-in-Penwith, recording "Selus lies here". Salom should not be confused with another of his nephews, St. Selevan.

Records of Salom date back to the 11th century. It is possible that he is historic.


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