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Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castle of Edernion; Edeyrnion; Dernant; Dermant

In the historic county of Merioneth.
Modern authority of .
Preserved county of .

Dernio has been described as a probable Uncertain.

There are uncertain remains.


Dernio, or Dernant. There can be no question that Dernio is Edeyrnion, the valley stretching from Bala Lake to Corwen. Domesday Book tells us that Rainald the Sheriff, a "man" of Earl Roger of Shrewsbury, held two " fines" in Wales, Chenlei and Dernio, that is, Cynllaith and Edeyrnion. (D. B., i., 255a) Towards the end of the 11th century there must have been a Norman castle at Rug in Edeyrnion, as it was to this place that the earls of Chester and Shrewsbury enticed Griffith ap Cynan, the rightful ruler of Gwynedd ; they then sent him prisoner to Chester for twelve years. (Life of Griffith) Very likely the castle of Dernio, which Henry II. was putting into a state of defence in 1159, (Pipe Roll, 1159-1160. £4, 3s. 4d. paid to Roger de Powys "ad custodiam castelli de Dernio"; "In munitione turris de Dermant &6, 4s. od." It cannot be doubted that these two names mean the same place.) was at Rug, 1.5 miles from Corwen. At any rate, the castle was in Edeyrnion, and shows that Henry was holding the northern part of Merionethshire. (Armitage 1912)

Frequently taken as Rug, but there are too many castle sites in Edernion for identification to be possible. (Hogg and King, 1963)
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