The church of Saint Cybi within the
walls of the Roman Fort at
Ancient Saints of North Wales
of this website (which is continually being developed) are principally
some of the more notable patron saints of ancient North Wales Parishes,
and links will be provided to external biographical sites wherever
possible. Saint David, the Patron Saint of Wales, whose Solemnity
occurs on March 1st is quite properly popular throughout Wales and
especially in the south (96 church dedications) but has 18 churches
under his patronage even in the north and twice the number there of any
other Welsh Saint.
Most popular are Saints Deiniol, Beuno and Garmon each with nine
dedications. Deiniol was a monk under his father St. Dunawd the
founding abbot of the monastery of 2,000 British monks at Bangor Iscoed
(the details of this are sometimes disputed). In his turn Deiniol was
the founder abbot of the monastery at Bangor Fawr and he is now the
patron saint of Bangor Church in Wales Cathedral.
The name of Saint Beuno will always be associated with the former
collegiate church at Clynnog Fawr on the pilgrim route to Bardsey.
Among the local people of South Caernarfonshire, his cult survived the
reformation and his intercession was frequently sought until at least
The identity of Saint German, Garmon or Harmon of Wales and the Isle of
Man is by no means certain. What is certain is the important role of
Saint Germanicus, Bishop of Auxerre in combatting the heresy of
Pelagius within the British Church.
Ynys Môn, the Island of Anglesey, has 74 ancient parishes, many
with ancient dedications to local saints and there is an excellent
website dedicated to their study at: Anglesey
For biographies of individual saints, please click the links given: