Tathan was a female saint who founded and lived at a small church at St. Athans, near Llanilltud Fawr (Llantwit Major). In recent years, she has become almost completely confused with the, more famous, St. Tathyw of Caerwent. The latter's parentage is much disputed, possibly because one set of his suggested parents really belong to St. Tathan. Tathyw is usually thought to have been an Irish prince, so it may be that Tathan was the daughter of a King of Gwent (possibly Ynyr Gwent) by Princess Derwela of Brittany, a daughter of Budic II. Nothing else is known about her, not even her feast day.
Records of St. Tathan only seem to date back to the 14th century. She is generally considered legendary.
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