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Beli ap Rhun

Beli ap Rhun
Son of Rhun Hir ap Maelgwn.
Beli ap Rhun (c. 517 c. 599) was King of Gwynedd (reigned c. 586 c. 599). Nothing is known of the person, and his name is known only from Welsh genealogies, which confirm that he had at least two sons. He succeeded his father Rhun ap Maelgwn as king, and was in turn succeeded by his son Iago. Beli was the either the father or grandfather of Saint Edeyrn.

The royal genealogies of the Harleian genealogies, Jesus College MS. 20, and Hengwrt MS. 202 show him as the ancestor and descendant of kings, and thus presumably a king himself. The Bonedd y Saint (English: Descent of the Saints) says that he is the ancestor of Saint Edeyrn (the Bonedd y Saint says that he was the son of Nudd or Lludd who was the son of Beli, while Hengwrt MS. 202 says that he was the son of Beli).

One of the medieval Welsh Triads mentions a certain 'Rhun ap Beli', implying that there was yet another son of Beli, who was famed for his military exploits. The name is repeated elsewhere in medieval poetry, such as in Hywel Foel's (fl. c. 1240 1300) awdl lamenting the capture and imprisonment of Owain ap Gruffudd, where he likens Owain to Rhun: "Who if free, like Rhun the son of Beli, Would not let Lloegria burn his borders". There is no confirming evidence that such a person existed, and it is contradicted by records such as the royal genealogies. Scholars such as Thomas Stephens have concluded that this is a mistake, and that the intended person was someone else.


CHILDREN of Beli ap Rhun:
  1. Iago ap Beli.

  • [S2]. Kings of Wales family trees. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kings_of_Wales_family_trees.

    Beli ap Rhun
    Iago ap Beli
    Cadfan ap Iago
    Cadwallon ap Cadfan
    Cadwaladr ap Cadwallon
    Idwal Iwrch ap Cadwaladr
    Rhodri Molwynog ap Idwal
    Cynan Dindaethwy ap Rhodri
    Ethyllt ferch Cynan married Gwriad ap Elidyr
    Merfyn Frych
               Rhodri Mawr (The Great) married Angharad ferch Meurig
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    Cadell ap Rhodi                                              Anarawd ap Rhodri, King of Gwynedd     
    Hywel Dda and Elen ferch Llywarch
    Angharad ferch Hywel Dda and Tudor Trevor
    Dyngad ap Tudor Trevor and Sissely 
    Rhiwallon ap Dyngad. 
    Caragdog ap Rhiwallon. 
    Breichiol ap Caradog. 
    Pyll ap Breichiol (c1060-?).
    Meurig ap Pyll (c1095-?). 
    Caradog of Penrhos. (c1125-?). 
    Iorwerth ap Caradog and Alis ferch Bleddyn. (c1160-?).
    Adam Gwent and (miss) de Seymour
    John ap Adam  (Adam Fynchan)
    (Sir) John ap Adam and Elizabeth de Gournay
    (Sir) Thomas ap Adam and Joan Inge
    William ap Adam
    John ap Adam
    Thomas ap Adam
    John ap Adam
    (Sir) John ap Adams  (He added the "s" to the name, and so his descendants use Adams instead of Adam)
    Roger Adams
    Thomas Adams
    John Adams
    John Adams
    John Adams
    Richard Adams and Margaret Armager
    Robert Adams and Elizabeth Sharlon
    Robert Adams and Eleanor Wilmot
    Elizabeth Adams and Edward Phelps
    Samuel Phelps and Sarah Chandler
    John Phelps and Sarah Andrews
    John Phelps and Deborah Lovejoy
    Samuel Phelps and Margaret Nevins
    Ebenezer Ferrin and Lydia Phelps
    Samuel Ferrin and Sally Clotilda Powell
    Lydia Powell Ferrin and George William Washington Williams
    George William Williams and Harriett Thurston
    Minnie Williams and Clive Vernon Tenney
    Mildred Ella Tenney and Glenn Russell Handy
    Deborah Lee Handy and Rodney Allen Morris