The wealth of local details makes it almost certain that the author was a native of Cemais in north Pembs. The ‘life’ reveals nothing of the saint's antecedents, but Welsh tradition remembers him as Brynach Wyddel ( the Irishman ) . After a pilgrimage to Rome and a sojourn of some years in Brittany , Brynach landed at Milford in south Pembs. He moved thence to a spot on the river Gwaun , and then on to the banks of the river Nevern . His final settlement was made at the modern Nevern on the banks of the river Caman , a tributary of the Nevern . The lord of that country, whose name was Clechre , surrendered possession of part of the district to Brynach , and there the latter remained, leading a life of rigorous asceticism. The majority of his foundations were in this region of north Pembrokeshire , and a cross standing in Nevern churchyard is still known (apparently without justification) as S. Brynach's Cross .
His festival is observed on 7 April .
Hywel David Emanuel, M.A., (1921-70), Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959