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Saint David

​Saint David, Britain's only native born patron saint, has strong links with Ceredigion. His mother, Non, was a nun and possibly the daughter of a local chieftain, and may even have been the niece of king Arthur. His father was Sant, son of Ceredig ap Cunedda, King of Ceredigion.

Saint David

According to Rhygyfarch, St David's biographer, before Dewi Sant was born, his father was told by an angel to collect three things while out hunting: a stag, a salmon and a swarm of bees, creatures that represent the three elements of earth, water and air. South of present day Aberaeron is Henfynyw, the site on an early monastery associated with St David. The present day church overlooks Cardigan Bay which, according to legend, is where the young David learnt to swim. One of St David's most well known miracles happened at Llanddewi Brefi, where according to tradition the ground rose up under his feet as he addressed the large crowd. Today, Llanddewi Brefi's church stands on a prominent hillock at the centre of the village.

St David's 11th century biographer, Rhygyfarch ap Sulien, worked at Llanbadarn Fawr​ near Aberystwyth, and would have been familiar with the sites associated with St David across Ceredigion. Visit Llanon and Llanddewi Brefi to enjoy the legends and locations associated with St David, while at Mwnt​ you can follow in the footsteps of pilgrims on their way to St David's shrine.