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The PILLAR OF ELISEG — also known as ELISE\'S PILLAR or CROES ELISEDD in Welsh — stands near Valle Crucis Abbey , Denbighshire , Wales
Wales
. It was erected by Cyngen ap Cadell (died 855), king of Powys in honour of his great-grandfather Elisedd ap Gwylog . The form Eliseg found on the pillar is thought to be a mistake by the carver of the inscription.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Inscription * 3 Archaeological examination * 4 See also * 5 External links * 6 References

HISTORY

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.

INSCRIPTION

The Latin
Latin
inscription consisted of some thirty-one lines of insular script . It not only mentioned several individuals described in the Historia Britonum , but also complemented the information presented in that text.

The Latin
Latin
inscription was as follows: † 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/…in gladio suo parta in igne / † Quicu]mque recit(a)uerit manescrp/ … m det benedictionem supe/ Eliseg † Ipse est Concenn /……… … manu / ……… e ad regnum suum Pouos / …… …… et quod / …… … …… / …… …… montem /… ………… /……… … monarchiam / … … ail Maximus Brittanniae / … nn Pascen … Mau Annan / … Britu atm filius Guarthi/ que(m) bened Germanus que(m) / … peperit ei Seira filia Maximi / 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- Viking
Viking
Wales
Wales
, is as follows: † Concenn son of Cattell, Cattell son of Brochmail, Brochmail son of Eliseg, Eliseg son of Guoillauc. † And that Concenn, great-grandson of Eli