Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Beuno

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Abbot of Clynnog, died 660(?), was, according to the “Bucced Beuno”, born in Powis-land and, after education and ordination in the monastery of Bangor, in North Wales, became an active missioner, Cadvan, King of Gwynedd, being his generous benefactor. Cadwallon, Cadvan’s son and successor, deceived Beuno about some land, and on the saint demanding justice proved obdurate. Thereupon, Cadwallon’s cousin Gweddeint, in reparation, “gave to God and Beuno forever his township”, where the saint (c.616) founded the Abbey of Clynnog Fawr (Carnarvonshire).

Beuno became the guardian and restorer to life of his niece, the virgin Saint Winefride, whose clients still obtain marvellous favours at Holywell (Flintshire). He was relentless with hardened sinners, but full of compassion to those in distress. Before his death “on the seventh day of Easter” he had a wondrous vision. Eleven churches bearing Saint Beuno’s name, with various relics and local usages, witness to his far-reaching missionary zeal. He is commemorated on the 21st of April.

MLA Citation

  • Patrick W F Ryan. “Saint Beuno”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. Saints.SQPN.com. 10 February 2014. Web. 21 September 2014. <>