St Gwyddfarch

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St Gwyddfarch

St Gwyddfarch is of Armoica (Breton) decent being the son of Amalarius, and it likely to have been a member of the family of Emyr Llydaw who ruled Brittany. The family occurs within the early annals of that name. Indeed its been indicated that this royal family produced a line of early Christian missionaries of which St Gwyddfarch is one of them. He moved out of Brittany as the Francs, under Clovis established his authority in his home area. Gwyddfarch finally took refuge within the local area of Mielfod where he established a hermit cell, after consulted St. David according to tradition. This same tradition cities him as being the teacher of St Tysilo, inclusive of locating the saint being buried at Allt-yr Ancr (Anchorite hill), situated on the route to Caereinion at Gwely Gwyddfarch.

Original October 2003

Last Updated: November 14, 2005