A 7th-century holy man associated with Clynnog Fawr
Beuno may have been born in Berriew, Montgomeryshire, northern Powys, where there is a small standing stone associated with his name. He was educated and ordained at the monastery of Bangor on Dee in north-east Wales, and is thought to have been an active missionary in north Wales in the 7th century.
King Cadfan of Gwynedd is suggested as being a benefactor of Beuno’s. However, he was to fall out with Cadfan’s son, Cadwallon, after a land dispute. The story goes that it was Cadwallon’s cousin, Gwyddaint, who gave Beuno the land at Clynnog Fawr as reparation.
A legend associates Beuno with St Winefride. She was beheaded by her jealous suitor Caradoc, enraged by Winefride’s announcement that she was to become a nun. St Winefride’s Well at Holywell is said to mark the point where her head came to rest. According to the legend, Beuno restored Winefride to life by rejoining her head to her body.
Beuno died in 640.