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Owain Ddantgwyn is the popularly recognised form of the name of a prince of North Wales, probably a King of Rhos in the late 5th century.

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Extant Records

The correct modern spelling of Owain's name is Owain Danwyn (Owen White-Teeth). He appears in various ancient Welsh genealogies as the son of Einion Yrth and the father of Cynlas Goch. One of these is given the title, 'Pedigree of (the Kings of) Rhos. According to the Bonedd y Saint, he was also the father of SS. Einion Frenin (the King), Seiriol, Meirion and possibly others. Other than these genealogies, no documentary evidence exists concerning his life.

Arthurian identification

Some investigative historians have conjectured that Owain could be the origin of a ‘real’ King Arthur. This theory has been chiefly proposed by Graham Phillips and Martin Keatman in their book, King Arthur: The True Story (1992)[1]. They suggest that 'Arthur' was a title and identify its recipient as Owain from a passage in De Excidio Britanniae. Its contemporary author, Gildas, refers (in Latin) to Owain’s son, Cynlas, literally as "guider of the chariot which is the receptacle of the bear". 'Bear' in Brythonic is 'Arth', so Phillips and Keatman take this to infer that 'the Arthur' was Cynlas’ predecessor, known from the genealogies to be Owain. They go on to claim that Owain ruled in Powys.

References

  1. ^ Phillips, Graham; Keatman, Martin (1992). King Arthur. The True Story. London: Arrow. ISBN 0-09-929681-0.  

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