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Cadwallon ap Cadfan (abt. 0600 - 0634)

Cadwallon "King of Gwynedd" ap Cadfan aka Gwynedd
Born about in Kingdom of Gwyneddmap
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Died in Heavenfield, Denis's-Brook, Northumberland, Englandmap
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Name: Cadwallon King of Gwynedd /ap Cadfan/: Source: #S5: Page: Ancestry Family Trees: Text:
Note: #N2929
Name: /Calwaladr/[2][3]
Name: /Cadwallon/II, King of Gwynedd

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Date: BEF. 631

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Cadwallon married a sister (some sources list as half-sister) of Penda, a child of Pybba of Mercia,[4] son of Crioda

625 Crowned King of Gwynedd

Event: Crowned King of Gwynedd upon the death of his father, Cadfan ap Iago
Type: Coronation
Date: 625
Place: Kingdom of Gwynedd
Note: 1. Cadwallon reigned from 616 to 634.

633 Battle of Hatfield Chase

Event: Defeated and killed Northumbrian king, Edwin and his son/heir, Osfrith
Type: Battle of Hatfield Chase
Date: 12 OCT 633
Place: Hatfield Chase, Northumbria

King of the Britons

Cadwallon ap Cadfan (died 634[1]) was the King of Gwynedd from around 625 until his death in battle. The son and successor of Cadfan ap Iago, he is best remembered as the King of the Britons who devastated Northumbria, defeating and killing its king, Edwin, prior to his own death in battle against Oswald of Bernicia. [5]

Puffin Island

The historian Bede, writing about a century after Cadwallon's death, mentions that Edwin, the most powerful king in Britain, extended his rule to the Isle of Man and Anglesey.[2] The Annales Cambriae says that Cadwallon was besieged at Glannauc (Priestholm, or Puffin Island), a small island off eastern Anglesey, and dates this to 629.[3] Surviving Welsh poetry portrays Cadwallon as a heroic leader against Edwin. It refers to a battle at Digoll (Long Mountain) and mentions that Cadwallon spent time in Ireland before returning to Britain to defeat Edwin.[4] [5]

654 Battle of Winwaed

According to Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain (which includes a fairly extensive account of Cadwallon's life but is largely legendaryÑfor example, Geoffrey has Cadwallon surviving until after the Battle of the Winwaed in 654 or 655), Cadwallon went to Ireland and then to the island of Guernsey. From there, according to Geoffrey, Cadwallon led an army into Dumnonia, where he encountered and defeated the Mercians besieging Exeter, and forced their king, Penda, into an alliance. Geoffrey also reports that Cadwallon married a half-sister of Penda.[5] However, his history is, on this as well as all matters, suspect, and it should be treated with caution. [5]

633 Battle of Hatfield Chase

In any case, Penda and Cadwallon together made war against the Northumbrians. A battle was fought at Hatfield Chase on October 12, 633[1] which ended in the defeat and death of Edwin and his son Osfrith.[6] After this, the Kingdom of Northumbria fell into disarray, divided between its sub-kingdoms of Deira and Bernicia,[7] but the war continued: according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, "Cadwallon and Penda went and did for the whole land of Northumbria".[8] Bede says that Cadwallon was besieged by the new king of Deira, Osric, "in a strong town"; Cadwallon, however, "sallied out on a sudden with all his forces, by surprise, and destroyed him [Osric] and all his army." After this, according to Bede, Cadwallon ruled over the "provinces of the Northumbrians" for a year, "not like a victorious king, but like a rapacious and bloody tyrant."[7] Furthermore, Bede tells us that Cadwallon, "though he bore the name and professed himself a Christian, was so barbarous in his disposition and behaviour, that he neither spared the female sex, nor the innocent age of children, but with savage cruelty put them to tormenting deaths, ravaging all their country for a long time, and resolving to cut off all the race of the English within the borders of Britain."[6] [5]

664 Death

Date: 664[6][7]
Date: AFT. 714

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The new king of Bernicia, Eanfrith, was also killed by Cadwallon when the former went to him in an attempt to negotiate peace. However, Cadwallon was defeated by an army under Eanfrith's brother, Oswald, at the Battle of Heavenfield, "though he had most numerous forces, which he boasted nothing could withstand". Cadwallon was killed at a place called "Denis's-brook".[7] [5]


  1. Harleian genealogies 1: Gwynedd part 1, amb
  2. Source: #S155 Data: Text: Date of Import: Mar 6, 2002
  3. Source: #S156 Data: Text: Date of Import: Mar 12, 2002
  4. David Hughes, The British Chronicles, p. 255, Volume 1, added 2014-07-30, amb
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Wikipedia. Cadwallon ap Cadfan. Accessed Jan 27, 2017
  6. Source: #S155 Data: Text: Date of Import: Mar 6, 2002
  7. Source: #S156 Data: Text: Date of Import: Mar 12, 2002
  • Source: S155 Title: yalehenry.FTW NOTESource Medium: Other
  • Source: S156 Title: yaledavid.FTW NOTESource Medium: Other

Source S5: Title: Ancestry Family Trees: Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.;

Source S-2024265470
Repository: #R-2024265400
Title: Royal Line, The
Author: Albert F Schmuhl
Publication: Orig. March, 1929 NYC, NY - Rev. March 1980
Note: Good
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 :: Source Media Type: Manuscript

Wikipedia Notes and references

1. ^ a b A difference in the interpretation of Bede's dates has led to the question of whether Cadwallon was killed in 634 or the year earlier, 633. Cadwallon died in the year after Hatfield Chase, which Bede reports as occurring in October 633; but if Bede's years are believed to have actually started in September, as some historians have argued, then Hatfield Chase would have occurred in 632, and therefore Cadwallon would have died in 633. Other historians have argued against this view of Bede's chronology, however, favoring the dates as he gives them.
2. ^ Bede, H. E., Book II, chapter 9. Bede calls these two islands the Mevanian Islands.
3. ^ Annales Cambriae, 629.
4. ^ D. P. Kirby, The Earliest English Kings (1991, 2000), pages 71Ð72.
5. ^ Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain, Part Eight: "The Saxon Domination."
6. ^ a b Bede, H. E., Book II, chapter 20.
7. ^ a b c Bede, H. E., Book III, chapter 1.
8. ^ Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, manuscript E, year 633. Translated by Michael Swanton (1996, 1998).
Further reading
 ? Alex Woolf, "Caedualla Rex Brittonum and the Passing of the Old North", in Northern History, Vol. 41, Issue 1, March 2004, pages 5Ð24. Woolf presents a case against the identification of the Cadwallon mentioned in Bede's history with a son of Cadfan.
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