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A west‐coast county of Wales bordering the Irish Sea. In 1974 it became the district of Ceredigion in the county of Dyfed, but in 1996 was reconstituted as a county, retaining the name Ceredigion. That name, from which Cardigan is derived, is supposedly after Ceredig, the son of Cunedda, a leader of the Votadini. After its conquest by Edward I in 1277, it was created one of the shires of the principality by the statute of Rhuddlan in 1284. At the Act of Union with England in 1536 it was retained as a county and has remained as such to the present, apart from the period 1974–96. Its western location has meant that it has been a bastion of the Welsh language.

Subjects: British History — Religion.

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