Who was St David?

Who was St David?

St Davids’s day is on the 1st of March every year, which is the day that Saint David died in 589. Saint David comes from a royal lineage. His father, Ceredig ap Cundedda was Prince of Ceredigion, and rumour has it that his mother Non, also a saint, was the niece of King Arthur.

“Do the little things” is considered Saint David’s most famous phrase, and were the last words he spoke. St David’s Day became a national day of celebration in the 18th century.

There are many stories of Saint David’s miracles, including bringing a boy back to life and restoring a man’s sight. The shrine of St David at St David’s cathedral is in St Davids, Pembrokeshire – the smallest city in Britain.

King Edward I took the head and the arm of St David from the Cathedral after his conquest of Wales in 1284. He displayed the remains along with a number of other holy relics in London.

The most famous miracle of Saint David occurred in Llanddewi Brefi. According to legend, a huge crowd turned up to hear one of his sermons. To allow everyone to see him, he placed a handkerchief on the floor and stood on it. Thereupon, a small hill raised him from under his feet, allowing everyone a good view.

St David is typically depicted holding a dove, often standing on a hillock. It is claimed that he lived for 100 years. As Saint David’s symbol is the leek, why not indulge in a lovely Smoked Haddock and leek risotto, with our naturally Smoked Haddock.

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