Standing in a wayside grotto about half a mile from the picturesque village of St Cleer is a 9th century stone memorial to Dynarth, the last king to rule an independent Cornwall.
Dynarth's death by drowning in 875 ad is recorded thus in the Annals Cambriae,
'Dynarth, that was the king of the West Welsh, was drowned'
The Anglo Saxons were wont to refer to any non-Saxon peoples as Weallas or foreigners.
Little is known about Dynarth but it has been suggested that his death by drowning was not accidental but was a punishment for forming an alliance with the Danes.
There is not much written history about Cornwall during this period but it is well known that the marauding Danes were posing a particular problem for the young Saxon king, Alfred.
The Cornish had previously allied themselves with the Danes in 835 ad when they were defeated at Hingston Down by Alfred's grandfather, Egbert so there was certainly a precedent for a Cornish/Danish alliance.......more