Today, 25th September, is the feast day of Saint Cadog Born 497,
Cadoc was the son of Gwynllyw, ruler of the Kingdom of Gwynllwg and Gwladys, daughter of King Brychan of Brycheiniog.
St Gwladys’ tomb is on Gelligaer common above Bargoed. She was kidnapped by Gwynllyw in a raid with his band of fearless warriors. Gwladys was daughter of King Brychan of Brycheiniog and the battle was fought on the high moorland of Nant Llesg .
The Battle was said to be observed by King Arthur Pendragon, Cei and Bedwyr his bodyguards from Carn Fochriw (“The Cairn on Pig Hill”)… So here we have Arthur, Cei and Bedwyr, at this time, on the mountain above our village.
Can you imagine for one moment that if this had happened in an area like Tintagel that this land would be under threat of PERMANENT DESTRUCTION BY OPENCAST by Miller-Argent???
No, it wouldn’t, it would be a multi million pound tourist industry such as they have in Cornwall!
“Today is the feast day of Saint Cadog (Cadoc) Born 497.
St. Cadoc is one of the most important early Welsh saints. He was a contemporary of Dewi Sant (St. David), St. Patrick of Ireland, St. Columba of lona, and tutor of St Illtyd. It is said that he rivaled St David as Wales’ patron saint.
Cadoc was the son of Gwynllyw, ruler of the Kingdom of Gwynllwg and Gwladys, daughter of King Brychan of Brycheiniog. After the birth of his son, Gwynllyw went on a wild celebratory raid with a new band of fearless warriors. Among other livestock, he stole the cow of an Irish monk, St. Tathyw of Caerwent. St Tathyw was not afraid of Gwynllyw and boldly went to confront him, demanding the return of the cow. Gwynllyw would not let Tathyw leave with his cow until he baptized his newborn son into the Christian faith. On a sudden impulse, or perhaps guided by divine inspiration, Gwynllyw decided Cadoc would go to live under the monk’s care and he was sent away to be educated at Tathyw’s monastery in Caerwent.
In adulthood Cadoc refused to take charge of his father’s army, “preferring to fight for Christ”, he undertook a pilgrimage to Rome and Jerusalem and was reportedly distressed that the Synod of Llanddewi Brefi was held during one of these absences.
Legend says that once whilst hiding in a wood from enemies, he surprised a wild boar, that charged him, but dissapeared before striking him. Cadoc took this as a sign, and the location became the site of the great church and monastry at Llancarfan, near Cowbridge. Legend also says he once saved his brother monks in a famine by tying a white thread to the foot of a mouse; he then followed the thread to an abandoned, well-stocked, underground granary.
It is probable that in his later years he returned to the area around Abergavenny, where he was killed by Saxons in 570 when celebrating Mass.”
Gelligaer Common Archaeological heritage. Saint Dyffrig, Saint Gwladys and Saint Catwg http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/docs/cadw/publications/South%20Wales%20Blaenau%20Gwent_EN.pdf