Infobox Saint
name=Saint Beuno
birth_date=late 6th century
death_date=death date|640|4|21|df=y
feast_day=21 April
venerated_in=Roman Catholic Church; Anglican Communion

imagesize=206 x 400
caption=Beuno's half of a stained-glass window with St. Gwen on the other side, her head back on, with the well before them.
birth_place=Powys, possibly Berriew
death_place=Clynnog Fawr, Gwynedd
patronage=sick children; against diseased cattle
major_shrine=Clynnog Fawr, Gwynedd (destroyed, grave chapel survives)

Saint Beuno (died 640) was a 7th century Welsh holy man and Abbot of Clynnog Fawr in Gwynedd, on the Llŷn peninsula.


Beuno was born in Powys, supposedly at Berriew, the grandson of a prince of that realm. After education and ordination in the monastery of Bangor-on-Dee in north-east Wales, he became an active missionary, Cadfan, King of Gwynedd, being his generous benefactor. Cadwallon, Cadfan's son and successor, deceived Beuno about some land and, when the saint demanding justice, proved unsympathetic. Thereupon, Cadwallon's cousin Gwyddaint, in reparation, "gave to God and Beuno forever his township" of Clynnog Fawr, where the saint founded the famous abbey.

Beuno became the guardian and restorer to life of his niece, the virgin Saint Winefride. 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 witness to his far-reaching missionary zeal, including one in a major monastery founded by him in the Llŷn peninsula. His feastday is 21 April.

Contemporary reference

A house of the Jesuits at Tremeirchion, near St Asaph in North Wales, formerly a theological college and now a Jesuit run Spirituality Centre/retreat house [] , is named for St Beuno.

External links

* [ Early British Kingdoms: St. Beuno Gasulsych]

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