PADRIG, son of Alfryd ab Goronwy, of Gwaredog in Arfon, lived in the time of S. Elfod, bishop of Caergybi (Holyhead), and was a saint of S. Cybi's Côr there, and also of that of S. Beuno at Clynnog. In the late documents he is given for brothers, SS. Meigan, Cyffyllog, and Garmon. Padrig founded Llanbadrig on the northern coast of Anglesey, on the margin of the cliffs above the sea. The parish is a long, narrow strip of land stretching inland, for about six miles, to Pen Padrig, near Llanbabo.
According to one account it was the Apostle of Ireland that founded the church before embarking for Ireland, having been detained some time in Anglesey through stress of weather. The parish wake was held on March 17. There is, however, another version of the story, which is to this effect, that the saint was wrecked on the Middle Mouse, or Ynys Badrig, a little isle about a mile off the coast, on his way to Wales, from visiting lona. He succeeded in crossing to the mainland, and built the church on the cliff in memory of his escape. It contains a very early Chi-Rho cross. This could be no other than Padrig ab Alfryd, as lona was not founded till 565. Ffynnon Badrig, the Saint's Holy Well, is reached by a goat-path that descends the cliff ; and the Saint's Foot-prints (Ol Traed Sant Padrig), when coming up the rock past it, are said to be still visible.
On the south side of the altar in the church is a niche, and this shows that in the fifteenth century, when it was sculptured, the saint had been identified with the Apostle, for the bracket that sustained his statue is ornamented with writhing serpents. The niche is now occupied by a Pastor Bonus. Several place-names here perpetuate the remembrance of Padrig, as Dinas Badrig (his Fortress), Pen Padrig (his Headland), Porth Badrig (his Port), Rhos Badrig (his Moor), and the island already mentioned. Ffynnon Badrig is now neglected, the bare spring alone remaining. It was formerly much resorted to, and celebrated for its cures, especially in the case of children. There is a strange story in the Icelandic Landndma Boc of a certain Orlygr Hrappsson, who " had been fostered under Patrick the Bishop and the Saint in the Sudereys. He desired to go to Iceland, and he begged Patrick the Bishop to go with him.
The Bishop gave him timber for building a church, which he was to take with him ; also a plenarium, an iron bell, and a gold penny ; also consecrated earth to be laid under the main posts of the church, and to consider this as consecration, and he should dedicate it to S. Columcille." Orlygr first reached a bay which he named after his foster-father, Patrechsfjord, and finally settled near the south of the Faxa river. As this took place between 860 and 870, it is very obvious that the Patrick referred to was not the Apostle of Ireland ; and as Padrig ab Alfryd belonged to the latter half of the sixth century, the foster-father of Orlygr cannot have been he.
The Catalogue of the early bishops of Sodor and Man is very incomplete; it contains no Patrick among them in the ninth century ; but it does not follow that there may not have been one then, unknown to fame.