Donyarth

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Donyarth (Latin: Doniert) or Dungarth (d. 875) was the last recorded king of Cornwall, the rump state of the ancient British kingdom of Dumnonia, which had also covered Devon. He was probably an under-king, subject to the West Saxons.[1]

King Doniert's Stone (2007)

He is thought to be the 'Doniert' recorded on an inscription on King Doniert's Stone, a 9th-century cross shaft which stands in St Cleer parish in Cornwall, although he is not given any title in the inscription.[2][3][4]

According to the Annales Cambriae, he drowned in 875. His death may have been an accident, but it was recorded in Ireland as a punishment for collaboration with the Vikings, who were harrying the West Saxons and briefly occupied Exeter in 876 before being driven out by Alfred the Great.[1] Philip Payton states that one must imagine that he drowned in the River Fowey, near King Doniert's Stone.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Charles-Edwards, T. M. (2013). Wales and the Britons 350-1064. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 431, 494. ISBN 978-0-19-821731-2. 
  2. ^ Charles Thomas. (1986). Celtic Britain. Ancient Peoples & Places Series. London: Thames & Hudson
  3. ^ Mark Stoyle. (2002). West Britons: Cornish Identities and the Early Modern British State. Exeter: University of Exeter Press. ISBN 0-85989-687-0.
  4. ^ a b Payton, Philip (2004). Cornwall: A History (2nd ed.). Fowey: Cornwall Editions Ltd. p. 56. ISBN 1-904880-00-2.