Derfel Gardarn (Derfel Cadern - the Strong)

   In Welsh tradition, Derfel is a spearman who enters the church after witnessing the horror of Camlan. He was purported to be a Prince of Brittany, son of King Hoel II Fychan. The monastery at Llanderfel in Gwynedd claimed him as the founder and patron. A wooden statue of him on horseback holding a staff (mitre or a spear) supposedly existed until the Reformation and the dissolution of the monasteries, when the statue was burned at Smithfield along with Katherine of Aragon's confessor, Friar John Forest, because of a prophecy that claimed that the image would one day set a forest on fire. Derfel is remembered on the 5th of April.
   There is a short biography of Derfel Gardarn on the Early British Kingdoms Website at: