and reputed contemporary of
(qq.v.), is associated with a small group of churches in the counties of
. Very little authentic material concerning him can be obtained from his solitary ‘Life’ found in the collection of medieval manuscripts known as
B.M. MS. Vespasian A, xiv
. In this ‘Vita’ he is said to have come from
, but since
was the latinized name of at least two other
saints, it is not surprising that by the time the ‘Life’ of the founder of
came to be written his life story was irretrievably mixed up with theirs.
has done much to unravel the skeins entangled by the
hagiologists, and comes to the conclusion that the supposed
can no longer be maintained.
favours the view of modern scholars in seeking for a
did in fact derive from this area, then it becomes possible to explain the distribution of the ancient churches bearing his name by assuming that he arrived in
by sea — his great church in
is within sight of the ocean — and that his cult spread inland over the mountain passes to the
valleys. Culture-spreads yielding similar distribution patterns in
and emanating from the same source are well known in the
pre-Roman Iron Age
. The fame of
's ‘clas’ at
lived on beyond his day, and actually survived into
, passing that way in
, noted its continuing existence although it was in a decadent state.
G. H. Doble
Saint Patern, Cornish Saints Series,
(Cornish Saints Ser., 43),
E. G. Bowen
, ‘The Celtic Saints in Cardiganshire in
, i, 1-15,
The Lives of the British Saints
, iv, 39-51.
Professor Emrys George Bowen, M.A., F.S.A., (1900-83), Aberystwyth