Letter: Patron saints

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The Independent Online
AGGRIEVED Welsh patriots will rush to assure you St Patrick could not have been English-born (Flat Earth, 13 March) as England had not come into being then. It has been suggested that Patrick came from Cumbria or Strathclyde, both at that point Brythonic Celtic kingdoms. Local people, however, believe that he came from Pontarddulais, just north-west of Swansea.

Of the four patron saints of the British Isles, the two with most claim to an authentic connection with their respective countries - David and Patrick - seem likely to have originated from Wales. Andrew and George appear to have no connection with Scotland and England respectively.

Sally Roberts Jones

Port Talbot, W Glam