THE 'MEN OF THE NORTH'
Called by the Welsh "Gwyr y Gogledd", the Brythonic Celts who resided in the northern part of Britain (but south of the Caledonian
Picts), shared both societal customs and common ancient ancestors with
most of the Welsh Noblemen. The papers in this grouping are the stories of some of these families.
Foundations of The Men of the North - Part 1
Here, we introduce
the reader to the descendants of Beli Mawr who, in the 1st century BC, settled in the area of Britain which now lies between
the two Roman walls. Eventually, these consisted of two kingdoms: Strathclyde (or Alt Clud) in the western part
and Manaw Gododdin (later called Lothian) in the eastern part.
Foundations of The Men of the North - Part 2
our Part 1 discussion with the men who resided in North Britian, but below Hadrian's Wall. These included the men of the First
Powys Dynasty and the tribes descended from Coel Hen. Includes a map of the various northern kingdoms.
Bernicia - From Doormat to Dominant in North Britain
The story of the
6th century 'Heroes' of the Men of the North, as they coped with the rise of the Anglian foederati. Argues there was
no "great alliance" of Cymric kingdoms in North Britain, nor that any was needed. As the Cymry's strong leaders
died off, the Berncian Angles were able to form a new kingdom called Northumbria.