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COLLEN ( fl. 600? ), saint .

The account of his life in ‘ Buchedd Collen ’ is late and quite untrustworthy. But he merits notice as the traditional founder of the ancient church of Llangollen , the mother church of the whole of the commote of Nanheudwy . He is not commemorated outside this area, save in the neighbouring parish of Ruabon , where there was once a Capel Collen . It is unlikely that the Deeside saint is commemorated in Trallwng Gollen , a township of Welshpool , or in Castell Collen , the Roman fort near Llandrindod . His festival was held on 21 May ; hence the fair of Llangollen on that day (31 May after the change of style).


  • The Lives of the British Saints , ii, 157-61.


Sir John Edward Lloyd, D.Litt., F.B.A., F.S.A. (1861-1947), Bangor

Published date: 1959