St. Maches was the sister of St. Cadog. She lived the humble life of a shepherdess in the early 6th century, but was killed by robbers who wished to steel her finest ram. St. Tathyw built a church on the spot where she was killed in Merthyr Maches (Llanfaches, Gwent) and had her body removed to his monastery at Caerwent.
Records of St. Maches date back to the 11th century. She is generally considered legendary.
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