Celtic saint of the day – St. Elaeth the Poet

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Today (10 November) we commemorate St. Elaeth (Eleth, misspelled Eleath) the Poet (6th C).
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S. ELAETH, King, Confessor
 
ELAETH, king, saint, and bard, was the son of Meurig ab Idno, of the race of Coel Hen, by Onen Greg (“Ash-tree the Hoarse”), daughter of Gwallog ab Lleenog, one of the three “Battle-pillars of Britain.” Gwallog is sometimes also given as father of Dwywai, wife of Dunawd.
 
Elaeth Frenin [Elaeth the king] seems to have been in the earlier part of his life king or chieftain of a district somewhere in the north of England, but having been overpowered by his enemies, and having lost his territory, he sought refuge in Anglesey, and became a Saint or monk of Bangor Seiriol at Penmon. Whilst there he founded the church of Llan Elaeth Frenin, now known as Amlwch, in that island.
 
His Holy Well there, Ffynnon Elaeth…

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