Saint Gwynllyw

holy card of Saint Gladys and Saint Gundleus, artist unknown; thanks Father EugeneAlso known as

  • Woollos
  • Gundleus
  • Woolo
  • Gundleius
  • Winleus



Chieftain and layman. Proposed marriage to Saint Gladys, the daughter of Brychan of Brecknock. When Brychan refused, he kidnapped her, and the two started a violent life on the run. Father of Saint Cadoc of Llancarvan who eventually convinced Gwynllyw and Gladys to give up their violent ways, and follow a religious calling. Monk at Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. Late in life he became a hermit in rural Wales. An Anglican cathedral is dedicated to him in Newport, Gwent, Wales.



Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Gwynllyw“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 May 2020. Web. 30 July 2021. <>