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BLEIDDUD ap Rhun
BLEIDDUD ap Rhun. (Bleiddud Ap Rhun Baladr Bras)(Bywdeg ap Rhun).
Son of Rud Hud Hudibras (Rhun Baladr Bras).
King of the Britons. He is first mentioned in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, which describes him as the son of King Rud Hud Hudibras, and the tenth ruler in line from the first King, Brutus. (S3).
The Welsh form of the name is given as Blaiddyd in manuscripts of the Brut Tysilio (Welsh translations of Geoffrey's Historia). The meaning of the name is "Wolf-lord" (Welsh blaidd "wolf" + iudd "lord"). In the text he is said to have founded the city of Bath. (S3).
According to legend, Bladud was sent by his father to be educated in the liberal arts in Athens. After his father's death he returned, with four philosophers, and founded a university at Stamford in Lincolnshire, which flourished until it was suppressed by Saint Augustine of Canterbury on account of heresies which were taught there. Supposedly he ruled for twenty years from about 863, in which time he built Kaerbadum or Caervaddon (Bath), creating the hot springs there by the use of magic. He dedicated the city to the goddess Athena or Minerva, and in honour of her lit undying fires, whose flames turned to balls of stone as they grew low, with new ones springing up in their stead: an embellishment of an account from the fourth-century writer Solinus of the use of local coal on the altars of her temple. (S3).
Legends say that he is said to have founded the city of Bath because while he was in Athens he contracted leprosy, and when he returned home he was imprisoned as a result, but escaped and went far off to go into hiding. He found employment as a swineherd at Swainswick, about two miles from the later site of Bath, and noticed that his pigs would go into an alder-moor in cold weather and return covered in black mud. He found that the mud was warm, and that they did it to enjoy the heat. He also noticed that the pigs which did this did not suffer from skin diseases as others did, and on trying the mud bath himself found that he was cured of his leprosy. He was then restored to his position as heir-apparent to his father, and founded Bath so that others might also benefit as he had done. (S3).
He died in 870BC.
He was succeeded by his son Leir (King Lear). (S3).
CHILDREN of BLEIDDUD ap Rhun:
- LEIR of Britain. King of Britain. (Bywyr Lew ap Bywdeg). The King Lear of Shakespeare. He died in 810BC.
- [S1]. Ancestors of Nicholas Pierce Driscoll. Research of Joan A. Zupan. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jazupan/people/driscoll/a69.htm
- [S2]. Durgan. Ted L Durgan research. http://theodore.l.durgan.home.att.net/d40.htm#P939.
- [S3]. Bladud. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bladud.
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