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brian Biography says that some Welsh churches are dedicated to her, but it does not appear where they are situated. Her husband, Brochwel, succeeded his father in the principality of Powys, and lived till after the time of St. Augustin, when he commanded the reserve left for the protection of the monks of Bangor upon the advance of Ethelfrith. The Northumbrian, however, instead of directing his first attack against the main army of the Britons as had been expected, proceeded against the monks, who were praying at some distance; and Brochwel, unprepared with a force sufficient for such an emergency, was defeated.*

To proceed with the line of Coel; Gwenddolau, Cof, and Nudd, were the sons of Ceidio ab Garthwys, a chieftain of North Britain. They were all instructed in the Christian faith in the college of Iltutus, but no other reason is alleged why they should be enumerated among the saints. Gwenddolau was the patron of the bard, Myrddin the Caledonian, and was slain at the battle of Arderydd, A. D. 577.

Cynwyd Cynwydion, the son of Cynfelyn ab Garthwys, was a saint of the congregation of Cattwg, and is presumed to be the founder of Llangynwyd Fawr, Glamorganshire.†

Tangwn, the son of Talhaiarn ab Garthwys, was the founder of a church in Somersetshire "which is now called Tangynton."+

The saints of the line of Cunedda, besides David, archbishop of Menevia, were :

Afan Buallt, a son of Cedig ab Ceredig, by Tegwedd, daughter of Tegid Foel of Penllyn; and, therefore, uterine brother to Teilo. He was the founder of Llanafan Fawr in the county of Brecon, and Llanafan Trawsgoed in Cardiganshire; and was buried at the former place, where his tomb

* Bedæ Historia Ecclesiastica, Lib. II. Cap. 2.

+ One chapel, Bayden.

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still remains, with the following inscription, from which it may be learned that he was a bishop :

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As there are reasons for extending his life into the next generation, it is not improbable that he was the third bishop of Llanbadarn; and his churches are situated in the district which may be assigned to that diocese. Llanfechan, one of the chapels under Llanafan Fawr, is dedicated to him,* and his memory has been celebrated on the sixteenth of November.

Doged, sometimes styled Doged Frenhin, or "the king;" he was the brother of Afan, and founder of a church in Denbighshire called Llanddoged.

Tyssul, a son of Corun ab Ceredig; the founder of a church in Cardiganshire, called Llandyssul,† and of another of the same name in Montgomeryshire. His festival is Jan. 31.

Carannog, in Latin "Carantocus," a brother of Tyssul, and the founder of the church of Llangrannog, Cardiganshire. The day of his commemoration is May 16. John of Teignmouth makes him to be a son, instead of a grandson of Ceredig, and the following extracts from that author, as translated by Cressy, may be taken as a fair specimen of the manner in which the lives of saints were written in the middle ages. After stating that St. Carantac was "by descent and countrey a Brittain, son of Keredic, Prince of the Province of Cardigan, Ceretica Regionis," the translator proceeds:-A certain prince, named Keredic, had many children; among which, one was called Carantac, a child of a good disposition, who began early

*For the other chapels, see page 22.

+ Chapels to Llandyssul, all in ruins,—Llandyssulfed (St. Sylvester, qu.) Llanfair (St. Mary,) Faerdre, Capel Dewi (St. David,) Capel Ffraid (St. Bridget,) and Capel Borthin.

There is a Life of St. Carantoc in the British Museum, Cottonian MSS. Vesp. A. XIV.

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to do those things which he thought would be pleasing to God.
Now in those days the Scotts did grievously vex Brittany,* so
that his father, unable to sustain the weight and troubles of
government, would have resigned the province to Carantac.
But he, who loved the celestial King far more than an earthly
kingdom, fled away; and having bought of a poor man a
wallet and a staff, by God's conduct was brought to a certain
pleasant place, where he, reposing, built an oratory, and there
spent his time in the praises of God. From his childhood he
embraced purity and innocence. At last he passed over into
Ireland, invited by his affection to St. Patrick. Whither being
come, by common advice they determined to separate them-
selves, and that one of them should travel in preaching the
Gospel toward the right hand, the other toward the left. In
their company there were many
persons attend-
ing them; and they agreed once every year to meet together
at an appointed place. Whithersoever this holy man went, an
angel of our Lord, in the likeness of a dove, accompanied him,
who changed his name from Carantac into Cernach, which was
an Irish appellation. All along his voyage he wrought great
miracles for the confirmation of the faith preached by him,
and healed many thousand.-The wonderful Gests of this holy
man, Cernach or Carantac, are to be read in Irish historians,
and how the grace at first given to the Apostles was plenti-
fully given to him. He was an admirable soldier and cham-
pion of Christ, a spiritual and devout abbot, and a patient
teacher, not refusing to preach saving truth to every one.
During many years spent by him at that Island, he brought an
incredible number to wash away their sins by Penance, and
both day and night he offered innumerable prayers to God.
After he had converted much people to our Lord, who
wrought many miracles by him, he at last returned to his own
native country in Brittany, where he retired to his former

* Cressy invariably uses the words "Brittain" for Briton, and “Brittany" for Great Britain. He styles Armorica "Lesser Brittany."

cave, accompanied by many disciples. There having built a church he determined to abide. But not long after, being again admonished by a voice from heaven, he returned to Ireland, where in a good old age, and full of holy works, he rested in peace on the seventeenth of the Calends of June,* and was buried in his own city, which from him was called Chernach.

Pedrwn, brother of Tyssul, enrolled among the saints, but there is no church at present called after his name.

Pedr, brother of Tyssul; his churches, if he founded any, cannot be distinguished from those which are dedicated to St. Peter, the Apostle.

Tyrnog, or Teyrnog, brother of Tyssul, a saint, but there are no churches ascribed to him. Llandyrnog, Denbighshire, is attributed to another person of the same name.

Cyndeyrn, a son of Arthog ab Ceredig; a saint to whom Llangyndeyrn, formerly subject to Llandyfaelog, Carmarthenshire is dedicated. His festival occurs on the twenty fifth of July.

Cyngar, the brother of Cyndeyrn; it is said that he "established a congregation in Glamorgan, at a place now called Llangenys;"+ but perhaps the statement is an error, arising from confounding this person with another Cyngar, who is said to have founded the college of Cungarus in the diocese of Llandaff.

Dogfael, the son of Ithel ab Ceredig, was the founder of St. Dogmael's in Cemmaes, St. Dogwel's in Pebidiog, Monachlog Ddu, and Melinau, all in Pembrokeshire; and has been accounted the patron saint of Llanddogwel under Llanrhyddlad, Anglesey. Festival, June 14.

*Corresponding to May 16; eleven days after which, or on the twentyseventh of the same month, being the festival of St. Carantoc, Old Style, a fair is held at Llangrannog in Cardiganshire.

+ Cambrian Biography.

Einion, surnamed Frenhin, or the king, was the son of Owain Danwyn ab Einion Yrth ab Cunedda; and was the founder of a church in the district of Lleyn, Carnarvonshire, which has since been called Llanengan, or Llaneingion Frenhin. He also established the college of Penmon in Anglesey, over which he placed his brother, Seiriol, as the first principal; and in conjunction with St. Cadfan, he founded a monastery in the Isle of Bardsey, of which that person was the first abbot. There was an inscription, now effaced, upon the tower of the church of Llanengan, the latter part of which, as decyphered by the author of Mona Antiqua, asserted that the founder of the edifice was a king of Wales :


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The title, however, must be received with some limitation, as the presence of contemporary chieftains would show that the sovereignty of Einion must have been confined to the neighbourhood of Carnarvonshire. The form of the letters, as represented in the Mona Antiqua, is not ancient, and the name "Wallia” was not employed to describe the territories of the " Cymry" until the middle ages. The festival of this royal saint is February the ninth.

Seiriol, the brother, or according to other accounts, the nephew, of Einion Frenhin, was the first president of the college of Penmon, which became so celebrated that “the men of Llychlyn," or the Scandinavian rovers, resorted there for religious instruction. Subordinate to this institution was a cell in the island of Glanach, or Priestholm, off the coast adjacent, of which Seiriol has been deemed the patron saint.

Meirion, another brother of Einion Frenhin, was a saint, and Llanfeirion, formerly a chapel of ease under Llangadwaladr, Anglesey, has been dedicated to him. His wake has been held on the third of February.

Cynyr Farfdrwch,* the son of Gwron ab Cunedda, lived at Cynwyl Gaio in Carmarthenshire, and was the father of six

* He is also called Cynyr Farfwyn, and Cynyr Ceinfarfog;

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