Elisedd ap Gwylog (died c. 755), also known as Elise, was king of
Powys in eastern Wales.
Little has been preserved in the historical records about Elisedd, who
was a descendant of Brochwel Ysgithrog. He appears to have reclaimed
the territory of Powys after it had been overrun by the English. His
Cyngen ap Cadell erected a column in his memory which
stands not far from the later abbey of Valle Crucis. This is known as
the Pillar of Eliseg, but the form Eliseg which appears on the column
is thought to be a mistake by the carver of the inscription.
The Latin inscription on the pillar is now very hard to read, but was
apparently clearer in the time of
+ Concenn son of Catell, Catell son of Brochmail, Brochmail son of Eliseg, Eliseg son of Guoillauc. + And that Concenn, great-grandson of Eliseg, erected this stone for his great-grandfather Eliseg. + The same Eliseg, who joined together the inheritance of Powys . . . out of the power of the Angles with his sword and with fire. + Whosoever repeats the writing, let him give a blessing on the soul of Eliseg.
Some old poems refer to Elisedd and assert he had a "special crown, a
chain of twisted gold links, and armlets and anklets of gold which
were the badges of sovereignty of Powys". These artifacts have
disappeared from history but perhaps resurfaced briefly during the
^ Pre Welsh History
Preceded by Gwylog ap Beli King of Powys c. 725 – c. 755 Succeeded by Br