Custennin Gorneu and Custennin Fendigaid

Bartum argued the two names Custennin Gorneu and Custennin Fendigaid, that of the brother of Aldwr, refer to the same individual citing ByS 76 as one piece of evidence:

“Thus Custennin Gorneu and Custennin, the grandfather of Arthur, have been tacitly identified. Further confirmation of this is the fact that Erbin ap Custennin is said to have been uncle to Arthur, and Geraint ab Erbin first cousin to Arthur in the tale of ‘Geraint and Enid’ …”[1]

However, that passage has been influenced by HRB which attempts to claim a Breton ancestry for Arthur. The following table shows that Custennin Gorneu was of gen. -3 whereas Custennin Fendigaid, being the brother of Aldwr, was one generation later:

Gen. ByS 26 ChB ByS G 24a
6 Conobertus
5 Alanus Magnus
4 Salomon II
3 Hoelus Tertius
2 Alanus Cristiolus Rystvd
1 Hoelus Secundus Howel vychan
0 Kyby Hoelus Magnus Howel
-1 Selyf Gereint Budicus Emyr Llydaw
-2 Erbin Audroenus
-3 Custennyn Gorneu Salomon
-4 Grallonus Magnus
-5 Conanus Meriadocus

The names in the above table are as they appear in the document. Note, ByS 26 has been adjusted to show Cybi as being the son of Selyf ab Erbin as indicated by his Vitae. Budic was referred to as Emyr Llydaw. This can be confirmed by looking at parallel entries in the HRB and the ByB. However, chronology indicates that the Breton king with whom Uthr and Ambrosius found refuge was Budic ap Cybrdan.

[1] Bartrum, P. C., 2009, 178.
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