Digain

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Digain (also known as Dygain) was a 5th-century Welsh saint and Prince of Dumnonia (now the English West Country).

St Digain's Church, Llangernyw

Life[edit]

Digain ap Constantine was said to be the son of Constantine Corneu, King of Dumnonia, and was born in c.429[citation needed] He was believed to have had three brothers, Erbin (also sainted), Meirchion and Drustan, and possibly a sister (of unknown name).[citation needed]

Sainthood[edit]

Traditionally St Digain founded the church of that name in Llangernyw, meaning "the church of the Cornishman", in the county of Conwy in Wales.[1] The church was sited next to an already venerable yew, the Llangernyw yew. His sainthood was due being a confessor, meaning he was of remarkable virtue and confessed of the faith through writings and preachings, and has the feast day of November 21.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eastern Conwy Churches Survey: Church of St Digain, Llangernyw. Retrieved on 2008-02-25.
  2. ^ Bunson, Matthew, Stephen & Margaret. Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints Our Sunday Visitor 1998 ISBN 0879735880 p. 249