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CYNIDR , saint ( fl. 6th cent. )

Few biographical details are known concerning this saint . In both the ‘ De Situ Brecheniauc ’ ( Wade-Evans , Vitae Sanctorum Britanniae et Genealogiae , 313-5) and the ‘ Cognacio Brychan ’ (op. cit., 315-8), Cynidr is described as the son of Ceingair , daughter of Brychan ; but his father's name is not mentioned. The ‘ Generatio Sancti Egweni ’ (op. cit., 319), however, makes Cynidr the son of Gwynllyw and Gwladys , and therefore a brother to S. Cadoc (q.v.) . Cynidr is perhaps the Keneder mentioned in the composite ‘Life’ of S. Cadoc as one of the saints accompanying S. Cadoc in his altercation with king Arthur . Cynidr seems to have been most active in Brecknock , where the churches of Llangynidr , Aberyskir , Llan-y-wern , Cantref , and Glasbury were all originally named after him. His legend is known too at Kenderchurch and Winforton in the county of Hereford . The festival of S. Cynidr is celebrated usually on 8 Dec.

Sources:

  • The Lives of the British Saints , ii, 258-61;
  • Archaeologia Cambrensis , 1898 , 216-21;
  • Wade-Evans , Vitae Sanctorum Britanniae et Genealogiae , Cardiff, 1944 , 313-9.

Author:

Hywel David Emanuel, M.A., (1921-70), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959