Urien Rheged

   Urien Rheged was ruler of Rheged, a district probably comprising the present Cumberland and part of the adjacent country. His valor form the subject of several poems attributed to Taliesin, particularly those upon the battles of Gwenystrad and Argoed Llwyfein. The name of Fflamddwyn, the flame-bearer, which occurs in these poems, is supposed to be that by which the Welsh designated Ida, the Anglian King of Northumberland. In the Appendix to Gale's Nennius, it is mentioned that Urien was one of the four Northern princes who opposed the progress of Deodric the son of Ida. Urien besieged the latter in the island of Lindisfarne. The other princes were Rhydderch Hael, Gwallawc ap Llenawc, and Morcant. According to the tale, Morcant, jealous of Urien's military skill and upset over distribution of the spoils, arranged his assassination during the expedition.
   According to Llywarch Hen's Elegy for Urien Rheged, this event occurred in a place called Aberlleu. The Triads mention Llovan Llawdivo as the assassin. Of him little is known; but that he was a person of some note is evident from the circumstance of his grave being recorded.
"The grave of Llovan Llawdivo
Is on the strand of Menai,
where makes the wave a sullen sound."
   "The Genealogy of the Saints" records that Urien came into South Wales, and with the sons of Ceredig ab Cunedda, and his nephews, helped expel the Gwyddelians, who had gained a foothold there from about the time of Maxen Wledig.
   The old Romancers connect him with South Wales, and call him King Uryens of Gore, evidently intended for Gower in Glamorgansbire.
   Thus it is recorded in the Morte d'Arthur, "Thenne the Kyng remeued in to Walys, and lete crye a grete feste that it shold be holdyn at Pentecost after the incoronacion of hym at the Cyte of Carlyon, vnto the feste come kyng Lott of Lowthean, and of Orkeney with flue C knygtes with hym. Also there come to the feste kynge Uryens of gore with four C knyghtes with hym."