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AFAN ( early 6th cent. ), patron saint .

He is described as the son of Cedig ap Ceredig ap Cunedda Wledig , and is associated, as ‘ Afan Buellt ,’ with the cantref of the name in Mid Wales . Here are two of his churches, viz. Llanafan-fawr and Llanafan-fach ; the third is Llanafan in the valley of the Ystwyth . An inscription of c. 1300 at Llanafan-fawr runs: ‘Hic iacet sanctus Avanus Episcopus’ ; from this it has been inferred that he ruled over a diocese hereabouts, but in his age the title indicated rank and not a sphere of authority. His day is 16 (or 17) Oct. ; and his name is derived from the Latin Amandus .

Sources:

  • The Lives of the British Saints , i, 114-5.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959