Saturday, April 1, 2023
Cofio Dewi Sant

Cofio Dewi Sant

On this Day March 1st 589AD

We regret to inform you of the passing away of David of Glyn Rhosyn. Not much is known of his family however it is believed that he was the son of Saint Non and the grandson of Ceredig ap Cunedda, king of Ceredigion.

David will be remembered for having won a great battle against the Anglo-Saxons.

Many Welsh soldiers who served with David will remember that he ordered them to wear a leek on their hats or armour in order that they may be distinguished from the enemy. The leek or the daffodil may be worn in order to remember him.

David spent most of his life preaching in Wales. Many people tell of the story when David was preaching at Brefi (now Llandewi Brefi) when a white dove settled on his shoulder and the ground on which he stood rose into a hill. He became renowned as a teacher and preacher, founding monastic settlements and churches in Wales, Dumnonia, and Brittany.

In his latter life David moved to a remote headland in West Wales, Glyn Rhosyn valley in Pembrokeshire where he founded a monastery.

It was David’s request that he should be buried here and the place will be named after him.

David’s last words given in a sermon on the Sunday before he passed away were;

“Arglwydi, vrodyr, a chwioryd, Bydwch lawen a chedwch ych ffyd a’ch cret, a gwnewch y petheu bychein a glywyssawch ac a welsawch gennyf i. A mynheu a gerdaf y fford yd aeth an tadeu idi.”

“Lords, brothers and sisters, Be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed, and do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. And as for me, I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us.”

Photo: By Hchc2009 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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