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Tewdrig ap Llywarch, Saint, Brenin Garth Madryn

Birthplace: Garth Madryn, Breconshire, Wales
Death: Chepstow, Monmouthshire, United Kingdom (Wounded in battle of Pont-y-saeson)
Place of Burial: Chepstow, England
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Son of Llywarch ap Ninniaw and N.N. verch Pebo
Husband of Enynny verch Cynfarch, of the Northern Britons
Father of Meurig ap Tewdrig, King of Glywyssing & Gwent and Arthwys ap Tewdrig, King of Glywyssing & Gwent
Half brother of Meurig ap Llywarch

Occupation: King of Garth Madryn
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About St. Tewdrig, King of Gwent & Glywysing

Please see Darrell Wolcott: Rethinking the Gwent Pedigrees; In this paper Wolcott shares Bartrum's view that the father of Tewdrig was Llywarch ap Ninniaw. In a subsequent paper, The Father of Tewdrig of Gwent;, Wolcott expresses doubt as to the parentage of Tewdrig. It could be either Llywarch or Teithfallt as stated in earlier manuscripts. In a third paper, Another Look at Teithfallt of Gwent;, Wolcott offers a history with a conjecture as to how the father of Tewdrig could actually have been Theithfallt ap Ynyr (Honorius.) (Steven Ferry, April 11, 2017.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: Ynyr Gwent and Caradog Freich Fras; (Steven Ferry, April 11, 2017.)

St. Tewdrig, King of Gwent & Glywysing (c.580-c.630) (Latin: Theodoricius; English: Theodoric)

St. Tewdrig was the son of King Nynniaw of Gwent's son, Llywarch. He was King of Gwent in the early 7th century, but little is known of his reign. In later life, he abdicated in favour of his son, Meurig, and became a hermit at Din-Teyryn (Tintern). Soon afterward, however, around 630, the Saxons invaded Gwent. The local monasteries were particularly badly hit by their raids and so Tewdrig decided to come out of retirement and take up his sword once more to defend the church.

Together with his son, the two Kings pushed back the Saxon menace, but Tewdrig was wounded in the Battle of Pont-y-Saeson and had to be taken to Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel for treatment. An ox-cart was called to take him there but, on their journey, the oxen stopped themselves at a miraculous spring (now known as St.Tewdrig's Well). Here Tewdrig's wounds were cleansed and here he died. King Meurig built a great church on the spot and enshrined his father's saintly body there. The place became known Merthyr-Teyryn (Mathern) after the Martyred-Prince .

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Garth Madryn, Breconshire, Wales
Age 30
Age 35
Boverton in South Glamorgan
Chepstow, Monmouthshire, United Kingdom
Chepstow, England