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ISFAEL ( ISHMAEL ) ( fl. 6th cent. ), saint .

He deserves notice because of close links with several better-known contemporaries. Teilo is said to have been his uncle, Tyféi and Oudoceus (q.v.) , his brothers. He also appears among S. David 's disciples, and, in Lib. Land. , he is claimed as David 's successor at Menevia . His cult was certainly confined to Dyfed (with one exception all the churches named after him are in Pembrokeshire ); and, indeed, tradition avers that his father, Buddig , a Breton prince , lived for a time as an exile in Dyfed , being m. there to Anauved , Teilo 's sister.


  • The Lives of the British Saints , V, iii, 323.


Professor Thomas Jones Pierce, M.A., F.S.A., (1905-1964), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959