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Hermit of the 6th(?) century, probably of Welsh origin and of the family of Brychan. After living in Wales by the river Never, he settled in N. Cornwall in later life in the remote and beautiful Inny valley at the place which still bears his name. His original oratory and well, the finest example of its kind, were rebuilt in the 15th century; the 11th-century parish church had been built in his honour a small distance away. Nothing is known of the details of Clether's life; he has often been identified with St Cleer, who gave his name to another village a few miles to the south. Feast: 4 November.

Baring-Gould and Fisher, ii. 149–51;C.C.K., pp. 30, 38;G. H. Doble, St Clether (pamphlet, 1930);A. H. Malan, ‘St Clether's Chapel and Holy Well’, Jnl. of Royal Inst. of Cornwall (1898).

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