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CLYDOG ( fl. 500? ), saint and martyr ,

was the son of Clydwyn ap Brychan , and ruled over Ewias , now for the most part in the county of Hereford . He is known only from the account given of him in Liber Landavensis . According to this, he was a prince of pious habits, who loved peace and justice, and who was slain while hunting on the banks of the Monnow by a jealous follower. The occasion was the declaration of a maiden, courted by the murderer , that she would marry none other than the king . After vain attempts to move the body from the spot, such as pointed to a divine over-ruling purpose, Clydog was buried where he fell. His tomb was marked by an oratory, and a cult came into being; later a church was erected, on the site of the modern Clodock , which became the ecclesiastical centre of Ewias . Territory was attached to it, which in the time of king Ithel ap Morgan ( c. 750 ) was acquired by the see of Llandaff . No other church named after this saint is recorded. His festival was observed on 3 Nov.

Sources:

  • The Lives of the British Saints , ii, 154-5.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959