What happened to my entry for Beli Mawr?

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Last time I checked in on this, we acknowledged that this character might exist somewhere between legend and historical fact. But I can't find him at all now. Was he purged? I hope not, because, as long as we acknowledge that he might not have the creditability as, say, William the Conqueror, it's still worth keeping him around.
in WikiTree Tech by Bob Scrivens G2G6 Mach 1 (19.3k points)
retagged by SJ Baty

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There is a free space profile describing Beli Mawr, but no person page. There is a page for Beli ap Bran  (i.e. Beli son of Brân), who is given the name Beli “Mawr”. However this is a different person, since Brân’s page claims that he (Brân) was Beli Mawr’s great-grandson.
 
Once you go back that far, there is no historical evidence for the existence of these individuals, and they are only attested in medieval Welsh genealogies (see here for more information). Beli Mawr in particular was a key individual in the attempt to prove a descent from Adam.
 
In any case, even if we assume Beli Mawr existed, all sources place his birthdate at latest 100 BCE, which would be disallowed in Wikitree.

by Anonymous Jones G2G6 (7.7k points)
selected by Jillaine Smith
BCE profiles are deleted.
Thanks! That was a pretty interesting excursion.

Bob

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