The Saint Who Banned Greyhounds


Spooky Saints


This week: no one gets beheaded! Apparently descended from Abraham and famous for banning greyhounds, despite which St Elian’s Church might just be more famous than the actual saint himself. JACOB MILNESTEIN reports


St Elians ChurchLong associated with curses, the 5th century saint, St Elian ap Erbin is humorously known as the man who banned greyhounds after one was responsible for killing a doe he was nursing back to health.

The story only mentioned in passing by certain texts, is something of an indication for the strangeness that surrounds this mysterious saint.

Allegedly a descent of Abraham’s illegitimate son Ishmael, Elian is supposed to have journeyed from Rome to arrive in Porth yr Yehen in Anglesey where he founded his church in the village of Llaneilian.

Author: The Spooky Isles

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