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Bardsey (Abbey)

also known as: Ynys Enlli

Order: Augustinian Canons

Either because of its pure air which comes across the sea from Ireland or through some miracle occasioned by the merits of the holy men who live there the island has this peculiarity that no one dies there except in extreme old age, for disease is almost unheard of. In fact, no one dies there at all unless he is very old indeed. In Welsh the place is called Ynys Enlli, and in the Saxon tongue Bardsey Island. The bodies of a vast number of holy men are buried there, or so they say, among them that of Daniel, bishop of Bangor.
[A description of the island by Gerald of Wales, trans. Thorpe, p. 184]

Bardsey had been reconstituted as an Augustinian community by the mid-thirteenth century but prior to that was a hermitage and allegedly a favourite burial spot of the saints.

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Dedicated to: Mary Medieval Diocese: Bangor
Lordship at foundation: Gwynedd
Access: Public
Owned by: Bardsey Island Trust

Main events in the history of this site

pre 1240Foundation - Bardsey was reconstituted as an Augustinian community before the middle of the thirteenth century and soon gained influence, holding considerable areas of the Lleyn peninsula.
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c.1291Wealth - According to the Taxatio Ecclesiastica Bardey's income was c. £16 3s 0d. [1 source]
1509Levy of fine - The abbot of Bardsey was fined 40s for failing to attend the Augustinian General Chapter at Leicester. [2 sources]
c.1535Wealth - On the eve of the Dissolution Bardsey’s annual income was recorded for the Valor Ecclesiasticus as over £46. [5 sources][1 archive]
c.1537Dissolution - Bardsey was dissolved under the 1536 Act of Suppression.  [3 sources]
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People associated with this site

Abbots of Bardsey

Gerald of Wales; Giraldus Cambrensis , archdeacon of Brecon (Commentator)

Bibliographical sources

24 Printed sources

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4 On-line sources

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Archival sources

The National Archives, 'Agreement between Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and Maredudd ap Rhys', (Document), (View website)

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