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|Afan of Builth|
St Afan’s Church in Llanafan Fawr
|Born||5th or 6th century|
|Major shrine||Llanafan Fawr
|Feast||16 or 17 November (lapsed)|
Saint Afan of Builth (Welsh: Sant Afan Buellt; Latin: Avanus) was an early 6th-century Welsh bishop, martyr, and saint. His feast day is generally placed on 17 November, although the Demetian Calendar formerly used in southern Wales placed it on the 16th; it is no longer observed by either the Anglican or Catholic church in Wales.
Afan as a man’s name in Wales is probably a loan from the Latin Amandus. In Welsh, he is sometimes known as Esgob Afan(“Bishop Afan”) from his title and as Afan Buellt or Buallt from his diocese around Builth in Brycheiniog.
Saint Afan was the son of Cedig ap Ceredig, son of Cunedda Wledig, king of Gwynedd. Through this line, he was a cousin of Saint David, patron saint of Wales. Afan’s mother is variously given as Dwywai, Degfed (“Tenth”), Tegfedd, or Tegwedd, all said to have been daughters of Tegid the Bald, a lord of Penllyn in Meirionnydd who was the husband of the sorceress Ceridwen in Welsh legend.
Afan was the founder of a Llanafan in Ceredigion and two others (Llanafan Fawr and Llanafan Fechan) in Brecknockshire. He is recorded as a bishop, although his diocese remains unknown. He may have been the third bishop of Llanbadarn in Ceredigion, bishop over Builth with his seat at Llanafan Fawr, or held the title without any purview beyond his own parish. His death was credited to martyrdom at the hand of Irish or Danish pirates on the banks of the River Chwefru. He was claimed as an ancestor of the 10th-century bishop Ieuan who was also martyred by Viking marauders. [more]
Source: Saint Afan – Wikipedia
- Wikipedia. 2016. Saint Afan – Wikipedia. [ONLINE] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Afan. [Accessed 16 November 2016].