THE diocese of St. David's, anterior to the year 1844, extended into Caerniarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Brecknockshire, Radnorshire, Glamorganshire, Cardiganshire, Montgomeryshire, Monmouthshire, and Herefordshire.
Attached to the cathedral are the bishop, who is quasi decanus, the precentor, treasurer, chancellor, and the archdeacons of St. David's, Brecknock, Caermarthen, and Cardigan, besides eight prebendaries, and six canons cursal, being in all twenty-two. Of these the precentor, chancellor, and treasurer are styled "Residentiarii nati."
The first holder of this see is said to have been
Dubritius, who is styled "Archiepiscopus Urbis Legionum;" and who, after holding the office for some years, resigned it to his disciple
David, who is said to have removed the see from Caerleon to Menevia, and, according to some accounts, to have lived to the age of 146 years. He was buried in the cathedral, which he caused to be erected.
- By order in council 31st Jan. 1844, that part of the deanery of Breccon in Monmouthshire, in the diocese of St. David's, was dissevered therefrom and annexed to that of Llandaff; and by another order in council 1st Sept. 1846, those parts of the parishes of Llangattock and Llangundier in the diocese of St. David's were dissevered therefrom and placed in that of Llandaff.
- Beatus igitur Dubricius ad heremiticam vitam totis viribus anhelans, archiepiscopah fasce gliscens absolvi, pristinae dignitatis sede se sponte deposuit. Cui successit in archiepiscopatum agius David avunculus regis. Vit. S. Dubric. Archiepis.
- Obiit anno 546, et in Rosina Valle sepultus est (Antiq. Coenob. Glaston. p. 52); but according to the Annales Menevensis he died in 542, and to the Annales Cambriae in 601.