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Einion Yrth ap Cunedda

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Einion ap Cunedda (c. 440[1] – 500;[citation needed]; r. c. 460 – 480s[2]), also known as Einion Yrth (Welsh for "the Impetuous"), was a king of Gwynedd. He is claimed as an ancestor of the later rulers of North Wales.[3]

One of the sons of Cunedda,[4] he travelled with his father to north Wales in the early 450s to expel Irish raiders from the region.[citation needed] After his father's death, Einion inherited control over the newly founded kingdom of Gwynedd. Aided by his brother Ceredig, ruler of Ceredigion, and his nephew Meirion, ruler of Meirionnydd, Einion built upon his father's successes and further established his family's rule in the region. He was succeeded by two sons: Cadwallon Lawhir[4] and Owain Ddantgwyn.

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  1. ^ Bwletin Y Bwrdd Gwybodau Celtaidd. University of Wales Press. 1978. p. 99.
  2. ^ Ashley, Michael (1998). British Monarchs: The Complete Genealogy, Gazetteer, and Biographical Encyclopedia of the Kings & Queens of Britain. Robinson. p. 142. ISBN 9781854875044.
  3. ^ National Library of Wales (1978). Cylchgrawn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru. Council of the National Library of Wales. p. 213.
  4. ^ a b William Jenkins Rees (1853). Lives of the Cambro British Saints. W. Rees. p. 593.
Preceded by
Cunedda Wledig
Kings of Gwynedd Succeeded by
Cadwallon Lawhir