St David

posted by: Alan Vine | on: Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 11:30

St David

St David

How much do we actually know about St David? Most of what we do know comes from a biography written around 1090 by Rhygyfarch, son of the Bishop of St Davids.

The exact date of his birth is unknown, but is said to have been around the year 520 and was reputedly born on a Pembrokeshire clifftop during a wild thunderstorm. Both of his parents were descended from Welsh royalty. He was the son of Sant (aka Sanctus), King of Ceredigion and Non, daughter of a chieftain of Menevia, now the little cathedral town of St Davids. The site of David’s birth is marked by the ruins of an ancient chapel close to the holy well.

Much myth and legend surrounds St David. In mediaeval times it was believed that St David was a nephew of King Arthur. It was also said that St Patrick who was born in the same area foresaw the birth of David in 520.

As a young man David entered a monastery where he trained to be a priest under the tutelage of St Paulinus. Amongst several miracles attributed to St David was the restoration of St Paulinus’ sight.

David was a vegetarian who ate only bread, herbs and vegetables and drank only water and became known as David the water drinker. As a result is now regarded as the patron saint of vegetarians.

The nickname “Taffy” for a Welshman harks back to St David as the original and ultimate Welshman - the term dates back to the 17th century and derives from “Dafydd” the Welsh for David.

Following his death, his fame spread far and wide and in 1120, Pope Callactus ll canonised David as a saint. Following this he was declared Patron Saint of Wales. By Alan Vine.

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