So far as can be gathered, his real activity lay in a quite different direction. At the end of a life of Gildas in a 12th. cent. Cambridge manuscript, Caratoc of Nancarban (the correct form, which became Llan carfan under foreign influence) declares himself in Latin verse to be the author and the same couplet occurs in a recently discovered life of Cadog . The latter, concerned with the patron saint of Llancarfan , would come naturally from a writer who drew his origin from that sanctuary; the former also shows intimate knowledge of the place and its traditions, but is signalized also by a warm interest in the abbey of Glastonbury , which suggests that Caradog , after the misfortunes which befell Llancarfan under Norman rule, migrated to a more hospitable dime across the Bristol Channel .
Nothing is otherwise known of the details of his career; that he died in 1156 rests at present upon no better authority than David Powel 's Historie , 1584 .
Sir John Edward Lloyd, D.Litt., F.B.A., F.S.A. (1861-1947), Bangor
Published date: 1959