possibly King of Maelienydd
Born c.AD 408
Brydw was one of the sons of Vortigern,
the great usurper of the British High-Kingdom.
He is chiefly known for his appearance amongst the names inscribed on the
'Pillar of Eliseg': a 9th century memorial which still stands near Valle
Crucis Abbey in Powys. The inscription has now gone and it was fragmentary
even when first recorded in the 17th century, but it once proclaimed the
illustrious ancestry of the Kings of Powys and their victories over the
Saxons. Brydw was evidently mentioned in a missing portion which then
continues, "Britu, moreover, the son of Guorthigern, whom Germanus
blessed and whom Severa bore to him, the daughter of Maximus
the King." He presumably met St. Germanus alias Garmon during
his famous reprimandary visit to Vortigern's Court.
When Vortigern was finally
ousted by his rival, Ambrosius, his sons were allowed to retain their
father's central powerbase in Powys and the surrounding areas. Here they set
up a number of petty kingdoms but, despite his dynasty being recorded, exactly which portion fell to Brydw is
unknown. EBK suggests that he ruled Maelienydd (north-east Radnorshire) -
which may have been named after his grandson, Mael
ap Camuir - and possibly Elfael just to the south.