Merthyr Cynog, Breconshire Genealogy

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MERTHYR-CYNOG, a parish, comprising the hamlets of Upper Dyfryn Honddû, Lower Dyfryn Honddû, Yscir-Vawr, and Yscir-Vechan, in the hundred of Merthyr-Cynog, union and county of Brecknock, South Wales, 8 miles (N. N. W.) from Brecknock. The name, signifying "Cynog the martyr," is derived from the erection of a church to the honour of Cynog, son of Brychan Brycheiniog, who is said to have been murdered on a mountain called the Van, in this parish, towards the close of the fifth century, and to have been canonized after his death. The church, dedicated to St. Cynog, is a neat ancient structure, with a square tower at the west end. There are places of worship for Independents and Calvinistic Methodists, and four Sunday schools supported by the dissenters, two being conducted by each denomination.[1]

MERTHYR-CYNOG, a parish in the hundred of Merthyr-Cynog, county Brecon, 8 miles from Brecon, its post town. It is situated on the river Honddhu, a branch of the river Usk, among the mountains. The parish contains the chapelry of Dyffrin Honddu, and the hamlets of Yscir-Vawr and Vechan. For more information see Merthyr Cynog, Breconshire at


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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1849), pp. 196-213. Adapted. Date accessed: 29 January 2014.