Rhufon, King of Rhufoniog
(born c.AD 426)
Rhufon (alias Brochwel)
was the third
son of Cunedda
Wledig (the Imperator). When the Irish became dominant in
North Wales, he travelled, with his family, from their home in Manau Gododdin
(on the Forth) to expel them. Rhufon was then given the area around Denbigh as a
reward and here he set up the kingdom named after him. He probably ruled as a
sub-king under his brother, King
Einion Yrth (the Impetuous) of Gwynedd.
It is unclear for how long his descendants
continued to use the title of "King", but they appear to have
enjoyed a certain amount of power in the area possibly into the late fifth
century. Rhufon was initially succeeded by his son, Mor.