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The Evolution of the "Padriarc Brenin" Pedigree
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Minimum Age for Welsh Kingship in the Eleventh Century
The Lands of the Silures
Catel Durnluc aka Cadell Ddyrnllwg
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Constans I and his 343 Visit to Britain
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Composite Lives of St Beuno
Rethinking the Gwent Pedigrees
The Father of Tewdrig of Gwent
Another Look at Teithfallt of Gwent
Ynyr Gwent and Caradog Freich Fras
Llowarch ap Bran, Lord of Menai
Rulers of Brycheiniog - The Unanswered Questions
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The Herbert Family Pedigree
Edwin of Tegeingl and his Family
Angharad, Heiress of Mostyn
Ithel of Bryn in Powys
Idnerth Benfras of Maesbrook
Henry, the Forgotten Son of Cadwgan ap Bleddyn
The Muddled Pedigree of Sir John Wynn of Gwydir
The Mysterious Peverel Family
The Clan of Tudor Trevor
The Other "Sir Roger of Powys"
Ancestry of Ieuaf ap Adda ap Awr of Trevor
The Retaking of Northeast Wales
Hedd Molwynog or Hedd ap Alunog of Llanfair Talhearn
"Meuter Fawr" son of Hedd ap Alunog
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#9 - GWYDDNO GARANHIR
 
        While Bartrum makes it clear that he thinks none of the pedigrees which include this man were more than legendary, he does cite six examples:
 
       (1)  [the pedigree cited for #8 - Einudd Bach]
 
       (2)  Gwyddno garanir arglwydd Kantref y Gwaelod ap Cadwaladr ap Meirion Meirionydd
 
       (3)  Gwyddno garanir arglwydd Keredigion ap Geraint ap Garanawc lawddigar ap Kyhylynn glodrydd ap Kadell dyrnllyc
 
       (4)  Gwyddno garanir (ap Garannog lewddigar) ap Drudwas ap Dryffin
  
      (5)  Gwyddno garanyr ab Drydwas vab Karamawg vab Dryffynn brenin Glogledd vab Klefyddgar vab Kynan glodrydd vab Cadell vab Deirullig o Gefeiliog.  Dwnn ii, 49
 
      (6)  Drudw[a]s ap Dryffin farfawc ap Orannoc glewddigar
 
         In his notes on this group of pedigrees, he says:
 
        "the legendary ruler of Maes Gwyddno or Cantre'r Gwaelod.  The variety of versions recorded here suggest he had no really traditional pedigree.  It is surprising that the pedigree given in BGG 10 of Elffin ap Gwyddno has no echo in the present connection.  [pedigree (2)] is a corrupt form of [the pedigree given for Eunydd Bach].  [pedigree (3)] should be compared with HL 11 and note, and with [the pedigree of Braint Hir, #12 in this series].  If [pedigree (6)] has any traditional basis it may be the reason for the insertion of the names Drudwas ap Dryffin into [pedigrees (4) and (5), regarded as variants of [pedigree (3)]"
 
           Obviously a wholly legendary character has no authentic pedigree at all.  But a majority of those pedigrees which contain his name concern real men and clearly have tacked the nickname "garanhir" (with long crane-like legs) onto an ancestor who just happened to be named Gwyddno.
 
           Two such men occur in the pedigree of the Meirionydd family, a Gwyddno ap Clydno born c. 545 and a Gwyddno ap Cadwaladr born c. 830.  Neither man should be confused with the Gwyddno Garanhir of legend; his inundation myth concerned lands in Ceredigion.  And neither man had a son named Elffin as did the legendary Gwyddno. The pedigrees of the Meirionydd men called Gwyddno are shown under the heading of "#8 - Einudd Bach" in this Patriarch series.
 
           The mythical Gwyddno Garanhir, whose entire cantref was supposedly flooded by Cardigan Bay, occurs in tales usually set in the 6th century.  His story is of more interest to those who study Welsh poetry and literature than to historians.  This is not to say the basis for the tales was wholly an exercise in fiction; there might have been a real man to whom the storytellers assigned the deeds of the fictional Gwyddno Garanhir.
 
         For those who might be interested in reading more about the legendary man, Bartrum gives many references where he can be found in literature in his 1993 work A Welsh Classical Dictionary.