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Ceredig ap Cunedda
Ruler, Kingdom of Ceredigion
Bornc. 420

Ceredig ap Cunedda (died 453), was king of Ceredigion in Wales.[1]

He may have been born c. 420 in the Brythonic kingdom of Manaw Gododdin (modern Lothian in Scotland), centred on the Firth of Forth in the area known as Yr Hen Ogledd. Little is known of him. One of the sons of Cunedda, grandfather of Saint David,[2] according to Nennius' Historia Brittonum, he arrived in what is now modern Wales from Gododdin with his father's family when they were invited to help ward off Irish invaders. As a reward for his bravery, his father gave him the southernmost part of the territories in north-west Wales[3] reconquered from the Irish. The realm is traditionally supposed to have been called Ceredigion after him, which led to the name of modern Ceredigion, one of the principal areas of Wales.

He married Meleri, one of the many daughters of King Brychan Brycheiniog of Brycheiniog (now Brecknockshire).[4] Amongst their children was a daughter named Ina who is thought to be the Saint Ina to whom St Ina's Church in Llanina near New Quay, Ceredigion is dedicated.[5]


  1. ^ "Lives of the Cambro British saints", p. 396, 1853, Rev. William Jenkins Rees
  2. ^ The Cambrian, A Bi-Monthly Published in the interest of the Welsh people and their descendants in the United States, 1881, Vol. 1, 1881
  3. ^ Baring-Gould, Sabine (1903). A Book of North Wales. Methuen & Company. OCLC 559701019.
  4. ^ Ford, David Nash (2001). "King Ceredig Ceredigion of Ceredigion". Early British Kingdoms. Nash Ford Publishing. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  5. ^ Baring-Gould, Sabine; Fisher, John (1911). Lives of the British Saints. Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. p. 318.