NameCynan Meriadoc King of Dumnonia
Birthabt 305
Deathabt 395
Misc. Notes
Alternate spellings: Welsh-Cynan, Latin-Conanus, English-Conan

Conan was the son of Octavius the Old's brother, Gerontius, (or Octavius himself according
to the "Dream of Macsen Wledig") and had expected to inherit his uncle's kingdom.
Originally, he was considerably put out by the rise to power of his cousin's husband,
Magnus Maximus, and he organised a rebellion against him, aided by Picts & Scots.
However, being defeated, Conan became great friends with his rival and travelled with
Maximus to the continent to help him become Emperor of the West. He was given Brittany
as a reward for killing the previous holder of the title. His new Kingdom, was well settled
by his men-at-arms, however they lacked wives. Therefore, in order to populate the area,
he sent to his uncle's old ally, King Donaut of Dumnonia for numerous Cornish ladies.

Conan proposed to cement the alliance of their two peoples by marrying Donaut's daughter,
Ursula. Though Dunaut was delighted at the match, Ursula had her heart set on a life
devoted only to God. She agreed to the marriage, on the condition that she first be allowed
to go on a pilgrimage throughout Europe. Conan appears to have joined her in Rome,
where the two must have been married, probably by Pope Cyriacus himself. He apparently
did not travel to Cologne where Ursula died. In later years, he inherited Dumnonia from
his father-in-law. Brittany & Dumnonia were united for only a short time, for, as his
second wife, Conan married St.Patrick's sister, Dareca of Ireland, and he left one each of
his Kingdoms to the sons of his two marriages. He probably died about 395.

Cynan was Prince of Albaine and Powys. He is a legendary figure and is reported to have married Dareara, sister of Saint Patrick and daughter of Calphurnius (Calpinn), and Cynan's cousin. Cynan is supposed to have left Britain to form a colony in Armorica, France, in 384 A.D. {per "Royal Ancestors of Magna Charta Barons," Carr P. Collins, Jr., Dallas, 1959, p. 137 - the legend has Cynan's ancestors back to Japhet, Noah's son (23 generations). Cf. "The Age of Arthur," John Morris (Scribner's, 1973, pp.250, 256-7).} He r. Nantes in Brittany.
ChildrenGradlon Mawr (The Great) (~330-434)
Birthabt 309, Dumnonia
Marriagebef 325, Rome
ChildrenCadfan (~330-~405)
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