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The Story of St Tysilio

In the name Llantysilio, we see the word enclosure, followed by the name of the saint to which it is dedicated. Tysilio was the son of Brochwel Ysgythrog, Prince of Powys in the early 7th century, who is thought to have died at the Battle of Chester in 613. Tysilio founded a community on Ynys Suliau by the Menai Straits where he lived for seven years before returning to Meifod, near Welshpool. It is thus likely that the Church at Llantysilio is a later dedication to Tysilio, rather than an original location of an enclosure (llan) occupied by the saint.

One story says that Brochwel was succeeded by Tysilio’s brother, who then died within two years of his succession. His widow determined to marry Tysilio and make him Prince of Powys, but Tysilio, disliking his sister in law maybe more than the thought of being Prince fled to Brittany and settled near St Malo.