The “Old North” circa 542
The Coelings Fight
By this time, Tudwal of Strathclyde had brought Gododdin under his control and installed his uncle Cynbelin as his liege. Cuncar now ruled in Bryneich, and he was constantly skirmishing with the Anglian settlers in the Tees Valley. Pabo had died in 530, and his sons Donad and Sawyl ruled the Pennines and The Peak. Peredur succeeded his father to the throne of Eborac in 540, but his uncle Ceido had no inheritance due to Arthwys’ occupation of Elmet. In 542, he seized Rheged’s province of Salway, and that seriously weakened the unity of the Britons in the years to come. In Gwynedd, Maelgwn still ruled after having come to the throne in 517 after murdering his uncle Owain.