In the Post Roman era and Early Medieval Ages, Rheged was one of the Kingdoms of the Hen Ogledd (Old North) which straddled, what is now, North West England and South West Scotland. It is intimately associated with the legendary King Urien and his family. Its inhabitants spoke Cumbric, a Brittonic dialect, closely related to Old Welsh. 

It is recorded in several poetic and bardic sources, although its exact borders are not described in any of them. King Urien was fortunate to have Taliesin, one of the greatest of bards to sing in Welsh, to record his deeds and thus preserve his fame for eternity.

As a native of Galloway, in South West Scotland, with an interest in ancient history, Rheged holds a particular fascination for me. Through the years, I have written a few poems based on the old Kingdom and tried to populate it with ordinary people as well as Warlords, Kings and Poets. This is an on-going project and this seems the perfect time and place to start gathering everything together!

Till I am old and failing,
In the grim doom of death,
I shall have no delight,
If my lips praise not Urien

                                        (Taliesen, 6th Century)

By photos,poetry and haiku by Derek Ross

I am a photographer/ poet from Dumfries in South West Scotland. I concentrate on minimalist images and prefer using an iPhone these days. As far as my writing is concerned, I usually write short poems (some in Scots dialect), hence my interest in haiku and related forms.


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