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CURIG ( fl. 550? ), saint ,

is the patron of Llangurig , a very large parish in the south of Arwystli ; possibly, also, of Eglwys-Fair-a-Churig in Carms. and Capel Curig in Caerns. He was known as Curig Lwyd (the Blessed) and Curig Farchog (the Knight); in the late ‘ Buchedd Curic ’ he is brought into association with Maelgwn Gwynedd . In the time of Giraldus Cambrensis , his pastoral staff , richly decorated with gold and silver and famous for its miraculous cures, was treasured at S. Harmon's , having somehow crossed the border into Gwerthrynion . Of his history virtually nothing is known; he appears in no pedigrees, and at an early date was confused with Cyricus , the Cilician child, who, with his mother Julitta (in Welsh Ilid ) , was killed in the persecution of Diocletian . Their day is given as 16 June , which accordingly is the festival day of Llangurig . The identity of the Welsh Curig and the Breton Kirik , whose day is 17 Feb. , is open to doubt.

Sources:

  • The Lives of the British Saints , ii, 192-200.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959