Pillar of Eliseg
1 History 2 Inscription 3 Archaeological examination 4 See also 5 External links 6 References
Whilst the pillar itself dates to the 9th century, the mound is
thought to be significantly older, possibly prehistoric. Certainly the
mound can be dated to the Bronze Age.
† Concenn filius Cattell Cattell / filius Brohcmail Brohcmal filius / Eliseg Eliseg filius Guoillauc † Concenn itaque pronepos Eliseg / edificauit hunc lapidem proauo / suo Eliseg † Ipse est Eliseg qui nec/xit(?) hereditatem Pouos … mort / c autem(?) per uim …e potestate Anglo/[rum]…in gladio suo parta in igne / † Quicu]mque recit(a)uerit manescr[i]p/[tum] … m det benedictionem supe/[r animam] Eliseg † Ipse est Concenn /……… … manu / ……… e ad regnum suum Pouos / …… …… et quod / …… … …… / …… …… montem /… ………… /……… … monarchiam / … … ail Maximus Brittanniae / … nn Pascen[t] … Mau[n] Annan / … Britu a[u]t[e]m filius Guarthi/[girn] que(m) bened[ixit] Germanus que(m) / … peperit ei Se[v]ira filia Maximi / [re]gis qui occidit regem Romano/rum † Conmarch pinxit hoc / chirografu(m) rege suo poscente / Concenn † Benedictio d(omi)ni in Con/cenn et s(imilite)r(?) i(n) tota familia eius / et in(?) tota ragione(m?) Pouois / usque in …
A generally accepted translation of this inscription, one of the
longest surviving inscriptions from pre-
† Concenn son of Cattell, Cattell 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 . . . throughout nine (years?) out of the power of the Angles with his sword and with fire. † Whosoever shall read this hand-inscribed stone, let him give a blessing on the soul of Eliseg. † This is that Concenn who captured with his hand eleven hundred acres [4.5 km²] which used to belong to his kingdom of Powys . . . and which . . . . . . the mountain
[the column is broken here. One line, possibly more, lost]
. . . the monarchy . . . Maximus . . . of Britain . . . Concenn, Pascent, Maun, Annan. † Britu son of Vortigern, whom Germanus blessed, and whom Sevira bore to him, daughter of Maximus the king, who killed the king of the Romans. † Conmarch painted this writing at the request of king Concenn. † The blessing of the Lord be upon Concenn and upon his entire household, and upon the entire region of Powys until the Day of Judgement.
The Pillar was thrown down by the Roundheads during the English Civil
War and a grave under it opened.
Magnus Maximus Gratian
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Rhys, John (1908). "All around the Wrekin". Y Cymmrodor: The magazine of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. Y Cymmrodor. XXI. London: Honorable Society of Cymmrodorion. pp. 1–62. – the pillar and the etymology of "Eliseg" are discussed in this article, which includes Edward Lhuyd's translation. Project Eliseg - 2010 Archaeological Excavation of the Pillar and Surrounding area On the castlewales website "Ancient British Pillar, Valle Crucis Abbey, South Wales", Table-book
^ grid reference SJ204442
^ "Archaeologists dig at
Pillar of Eliseg
Coordinates: 52°59′21″N 3°11′14″W / 52.98920°N 3.18725°W /