Llddwyn Island

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  1. Simon Topham says:

    Re: Llddwyn Island
    Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, making her the Welsh equivalent of Saint Valentine. Her Saint’s day is January 25th and is often celebrated by the Welsh with cards and flowers. 

  2. Ian Topham says:

    Re: Llddwyn Island
    British Goblins (1881) by Wirt Sykes

    Of great celebrity in other days was St. Dwyn-wen’s well, in the parish of Llandwyn, Anglesea. This saint being patron saint of lovers, her well possessed the property of curing love-sickness. It was visited by great numbers, of both sexes, in the fourteenth century, when the popular faith in its waters seems to have been at its strongest. It is still frequented by young women of that part of the country when suffering from the woes inflicted by Dan Cupid. That the well itself has been for many years covered over with sand does not prevent the faithful from displaying their devotion; they seek their cure from ‘the water next to the well.’ Ffynon Dwynwen, or Fountain of Venus, was also a name given to the sea, according to the MSS; and in the legend of Seithenhm the Drunkard, in the ‘Black Book of Carmarthen,’ this stanza occurs:

    Accursed be the damsel,
    Who, after the wailing.
    Let loose the Fountain of Venus,
    the raging deep.