Born in 490 and died in 550. His name means ‘little badger’. His mother is Marcella, and according to the custom of the time, he was fostered with a wise man from four years of age.
According to the writings of St Nectan (the eldest son of Brychen), King Brychen was a 5th century King of South Wales. He married Gladwisa and is recorded as having fathered 24 children with her. The family moved to Cornwall and all of the children became saints and martyrs. Many of the names of towns and villages are taken from the children when they settled here. (Name given in brackets)
In the church at St Neot, on the edge of Bodmin Moor, there is a stained glass window showing him with several of his children.