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Calchfynydd (Welsh calch "lime" + mynydd "mountain") was an obscure Britonnic kingdom or sub-kingdom of sub-Roman Britain. Its exact location is unknown and virtually nothing certain is known about it.

It is referred to directly in a single line of a poem in the Book of Taliesin where it appears to be connected with the kingdom of Powys.[citation needed] However, the name also survives in the epithet of Cadrawd Calchfynydd, apparently a 6th-century ruler of the district. Welsh sources refer to Cadrawd as one of the Gwyr y Gogledd or 'Men of the North', suggesting the area was located somewhere in northern Britain. William Forbes Skene suggested an identification with Kelso (formerly Calchow) in southern Scotland and Rachel Bromwich agrees that a location somewhere in the Hen Ogledd is most likely.[1] Alistair Moffat in his history of Kelso supports this position, citing early references to "Chalchou," as well as the chalk area and Chalkheugh Terrace.[2]

Presumed rulers in the line of Cadrawd[edit]


  1. ^ Rachel Bromwich. (1961. rev 1990). Trioedd Ynys Prydein. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, p. 325
  2. ^ Moffat, Alistair (1985), Kelsae: A History of Kelso from Earliest Times, Mainstream, ISBN 0-906391-93-8