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KENTIGERN (Welsh CYNDEYRN ), or MUNGO ( 518? - 603 ), saint, the founder of Glasgow .

He appears in the Welsh genealogies as Cyndeyrn , son of Owain ab Urien and grandson of Urien (of) Rheged ; Owain is an important figure in the romances included in the ‘ Red Book of Hergest ,’ and he and his father, Urien , figure in the early Welsh poems which recount the struggles of the North British princes against Hussa the son of Ida — see the articles Llywarch Hen and Taliesin . The family, however, is associated with Strathclyde , not with Wales in our sense of that name; and S. Kentigern 's sole claim to inclusion in the present work is the not too well substantiated tradition which makes him the founder of the monastery and see of S. Asaph — on this matter, see the article Asaph . He died on 13 Jan. , probably in 603Ann. C. , with less probability, has 612 .


  • The Lives of the British Saints , ii, 231-40;
  • J. E. Lloyd , A History of Wales: from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest , 166;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959