St. Gildas the Wise was born in the Valley of Clyde around 500 AD.  He was a teacher and the first British historian.  Not too much is certain of his life but it seems he had to flee to Wales and was married.  After his wife died he studied under St. Illtyd.  After some time in Ireland, around 520 AD he went to Rome and founded a religious house at Ruys in Brittany on  his way back to Wales.  He visited Ruys and Ireland again and died at Ruys on January 29, 570 AD.  He was known for the first history condemning British vice – the only history of the Celts.

FEAST DAY- January 29

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