He was the son of
Iago ap Beli
), of the line of
. Beyond the fact that he ruled over
, nothing is known of his history. His tombstone, of the
early 7th cent.
, survives in the church of
; it bears the inscription,
‘Catamanus rex sapientisimus opinatisimus (“most renowned”) omnium regum.’
Legend gives him a place in the lives of
; the account of
Geoffrey of Monmouth
is mostly fiction, but some colour is given to the statement that he sheltered
by the triad which makes the
one of the three oppressors of
nurtured in the island.
He was the father of
in the conflicts of the next age.
- J. E. Lloyd,
A History of Wales: from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest
An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in
. The Royal Commission on Ancient Monuments,
, xcv, civ, cxv, pl. 19, 87;
The Historia Regum Britanniae of Geoffrey of
, xii, 1;
The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales
, i, 140, ii, 17, 21.
Sir John Edward Lloyd, D.Litt., F.B.A., F.S.A. (1861-1947), Bangor