Visit from Allen Meredith and Janis Fry

This is scheduled to take place next Friday morning. They hit the headlines with their work on DNA testing of the yew trees at Defynnog which I featured on this blog some time ago.The trees are about five thousand plus years old and Druidical. They would originally have been arranged in an ellipse around a building. Several thousand years later this became the Llan (or cellan, from the Latin cella meaning “cell”). They are both authors, and Janis Fry is an artist. They both have a pretty good grasp of Welsh. They are also interested in Cor Eurgain, which is probably the earliest Christian site in Britain, founded in Llan Ilid by my ancestral cousin St. Eurgain ferch Caradog (25 to 100 AD). I am descended directly from her brother Cyllin ap Caradog (40 – 150 AD) as shown in the attached, very accurate and historical, genealogy which I constructed with the help of many scholars. Her brother Lleyn ap Caradog (born 45 AD) is said to have been Pope St Linus the Martyr, who was made Bishop by St. Paul in Rome. I have been googling around using keywords such as “Cor Eurgain” and found that Linus is mentioned as the sister of Claudia (Gwladys), sister of Eurgain and her two brothers. Eurgain has the word “eur”, which comes from “aur” meaning “gold”. This signifies her purity and piety as a Celtic Saint. Cor Eurgain is a mound of earth near Llan Ilid, which is not far from Llan Illtud Fawr. “Ilid” is British Celtic for “Israelite”, and he is sometimes identified as Joseph of Arimithea. The task for a historical scholar and scientist is to filter the facts from mythology. I found that Cyllin married Julia Victoria ferch Prasutagus, an ancient Celtic king.The husband of Gwladys was Rufus Prudens, who aided St Paul in the Christian church in Rome. They are mentioned in Timothy 4:21 and Romans 16:13. Their father Caradog (Caratacus) ap Bran lived from about 5 to about 100 AD. He was defeated and captured by the Romans in 51 AD, and taken to Rome as a prisoner together with his entire family. Timothy 4:21 has the sentence: “Eubulus greeteth thee (i.e. St Paul) and Prudens, and Linus and Claudia and all the brethren.” I will see if I can find Timotheus 4:21 in Welsh to see how “Linus” is spelled. Linus was certainly a disciple of Paul at a time when it was very dangerous to be so. Paul died in 65 AD. There are competing claims on the web as to the identity of Linus, but it seems cerrtain that his sister Gwladys (Claudia) married Rufus Prudens. Gwladys is described in one site as a Princess from the West (i.e. Britain). The most accurate site for Caradog ap Bran seems to be Bran ap Llyr is Bendigeidfran mab Llyr in the Mabinogi, the Blessed Bran, the Raven King, a mixture of Pagan and Christian – hedging your bets – as Kenneth Clark described the Vikings in “Civilization”. Illtud is Sir Galahad in the Arthurian legends and lived about four centuries after Eurgain. Illtud must not be confused with Ilid. I discussed all this with Allen Meredith and Janis Fry by telephone and suggested DNA testing and scientific excavation of Cor Eurgain, (a doughnut shaped mound). There might be organic material there dating to the first century, almost two thousand years ago. Lleyn ap Caradog (if he was indeed Linus) was certainly very courageous, and so was his father Caradog, who resisted the Romans longer than any other British King until betrayed and captured. He was not executed because he impressed the Romans, and was allowed to return to Britain. At that point his daughter St. Eurgain must have founded Cor Eurgain. So it would be around 51 – 60 AD at a rough guess.

afamilylinesancestryto1,100 BC.pdf


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