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Begu

(d. 660)


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(d. 660),

Anglo-Saxon nun of Hackness (N. Yorkshire) who, according to Bede, saw in a vision the death of Hilda, the foundress of both Whitby and Hackness. In c.1125 the Whitby monks, short of relics of local saints owing to the translation of Hilda to Glastonbury and the lack of interest in Caedmon, found at Hackness a sarcophagus, supposedly by revelation, which was inscribed Hoc est sepulchrum Begu. The relics in it were translated to Whitby, where miracles were reported, but another set of miracles was claimed by St Bees, one of whose monks wrote this account of the Whitby translation. The two saints, the Irish Bega and the Yorkshire Begu, were thenceforth confidently identified. The lack of literary survivals of the Whitby cult is notable. Feast: 31 October.

Life of Bega in Registrum Prioratus de sancta Bega (S.S., 1915), pp. 497–520; Stanton, pp. 519–20, 678.

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