Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Eingan, or Eneon, Confessor


Eneon Bhrenin, called by the Latin writers of the Scottish history, Anianus, was a king of the Scots, in a considerable part of North Britain, and son of Owen Danwyn, the son of Eneon Yrth, son of Cunedha, Wlegin, king of Cambria, a very powerful prince in the southern parts of Scotland, in which Cumberland and the neighbouring parts of England were then comprised. Eingan was cousin-german to the great Maelgwn Gwyneth, king of Britain in North Wales, whose father was Caswallon lawhir, the brother of Owen Danwyn; and his mother Medif, daughter of Voilda ap Talu Traws, of Nanconwey, near Bangor. Eingan, or Eigan, leaving his royalty in the North, went into Gwyneth, the old name of North Wales, probably from the great prince of that name. There he retired to Lhyn, or Lheyn, now a deanery in the diocess and archdeaconry of Bangor. In that part he built a church, and spent the remainder of his days in the fear and service of God. He seems to have died about the year 590. Saint Eingan is titular saint of this church, called to this day Llanengan.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Eingan, or Eneon, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 April 2013. Web. 15 June 2021. <>