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Coellus (Britain) ap Meurig I (abt. 0100 - abt. 0170)

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Coellus (Coel) "Ole King Cole, Coillus" ap Meurig I formerly Britain
Born about in Colchester, Essex, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Colchester, Essex, Englandmap
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Categories: Uncertain Existence.

Research suggests that this person may never have existed. See the text for details.

CAUTION: The earliest version of the Welsh, Brut Tysylio, dates to the 13th century. The story (and it's variations) are based on Geoffrey of Monmouth's unreliable, " History of the Kings of Britain."

This is the profile is for Coel/Colius I, son of Marius, of Britain (c. 100). (pic #1 Third column near the bottom), it should not to be confused with Duke (King) Coel of Kaercolvin-1 Colchester (c. 200) married to Strada verch Cadvan The Fair of Cambria-5, (pic #2)

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Monarchs by Holinshed

pic #2

National CV of Britain

Excerpt from The National CV of Britain: (added to help clarify which Coel is which. amb)

The 3 Coels:

  1. Coel I - Coellus in Holinshed ([see pic #1 above Monarchs, table column 3, entry 5]); Coel I was of western British ancestry according to R W Morgan (Pic #2 above or see Royal family tree on the web page of National CV of Britain), the eastern branch of the royal family apparently lacking a male heir; but he was simply the son of Marius according to Tysilio, Holinshed & Enderbie, and De Wavrin.
  2. Coel II Kaercolvin-1 of Colchester, spouse of Strada The Fair, reigned in the AD 200s and was the father of Helen, the mother of Constantine the Great;
  3. Coel III reigned in the AD 400s.

When King Marius was dead, Coillus (Coel I), his son, who was a very courteous man graceful, wise, brave, and hardy, reigned after him; he knew all the Roman laws, for he had learned them in his youth at Rome, where he had been brought up, and he greatly loved the Romans, because he had received from them the knowledge of many a fine art and science. [Source: De Wavrin, p135]
Coel I was the Old King Cole of nursery rhyme fame.


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After the death of the good King Arviragus, reigned his son Maurius [Marius], who had been brought up at Rome among the relatives of his mother Genois [Genvissa]. [1]

Coel I:
Coillus Coel the sonne of Marius was after his fathers deceasse made king of Britaine, in the yeare of our Lord 125... When Coill had reigned the space of 54 yeares, he departed this life at Yorke, leaving after him a sonne named Lucius. [Source: Holinshed, Vol I, p511][2]


Name: COLIUS King of Britain
Name: Coel "Old King Coel" (Coilus) King Of /BRITAIN/


Date: 85
Place: Coel Castra, Essex, Colchester, England
Date: ABT 60
Place: Britain
Place: Powys County, Wales
Place: Siluria, Britain
Place: Eboracum, now York, England

Marriage and Issue

Coel, son of Marius, of Britain married:

  1. Claudia,
    1. daughter Emerita m. Eurgen/Ywaine/Owain/Eugein, son of Afallach/Affalach/Aballac and Athilda. [3]
  2. Marcelina
  3. Lucille, daughter of Lucius Artorius Castus, Roman prefect:
    1. son Lucius.[4]


Date: 150 - 170
Place: Colchester, Essex, England
Place: Carlisle, Scotland


  1. John de Wavrin, 1864, A Collection of the Chronicles and ancient Histories of Great Britain, now called England, translated by Will. Hardy: From Albina to A, Part 688 (Google eBook)
  2. The National CV of Britain, 3.2 Rulers AD. accessed 2014-04-26, amb
  3. David Hughes, The British Chronicles Vol. II, pp. 396, 399-400. added 2014-05-25, amb
  4. Hughes, The British Chronicles, p. 422
  • Royal Line, The: Albert F Schmuhl: March, 1929 NYC, NY - Rev. March 1980. Genealogical lineages may not always be from father to son, especially Houses of Kings
  • Created through the import of master 11_12.ged on 21 October 2010.

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''Monarchs'' from The Holinshed Project
''Monarchs'' from The Holinshed Project


On 1 May 2014 at 01:15 GMT Michelle (Bairfield) Brooks wrote: shows he had three mates -
  1. Claudia, daughter Emerita.
  2. Marcelina
  3. Lucille, son Lucius.

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