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AELHAEARN ( 7th cent. ), patron saint .

He was, according to the lists, the son of Hygarfael , son of Cyndrwyn of Llystin Wennan , now Moel Feliarth , in the parish of Llangadfan, Mont. He is the reputed founder of Guilsfield , Llanaelhaearn , and an extinct chapel of the same name, now covered by Gwyddelwern . His name, which often appears in the form Elhaearn , is also commemorated in Ffynnon Aelhaearn , a holy well, formerly credited with healing virtue, but now supplying water to the village of Llanaelhaearn . Aelhaearn's day is 1 Nov. ; of his history nothing is known, though the dedications tend to support the statement that he was a follower of Beuno .


  • The Lives of the British Saints , i, 109-12.


Sir John Edward Lloyd, D.Litt., F.B.A., F.S.A. (1861-1947), Bangor

Published date: 1959