Benignus of Armagh

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Bishop (5th century).

Reputedly the disciple and successor of Patrick in the see of Armagh, who is claimed as the apostle of Kerry and Clare and the patron of Connacht with his church at Kilbannon, his history is uncertain. The sources are few and uninformative and the claim that he died at Glastonbury, having rejoined Patrick there (or even at Rome, even less likely), has falsified his history. In reality it is far more likely that he died in Ireland, where his feast is kept on 9 November. The Glastonbury claim to possess the bodies of Patrick and his successor is rightly rejected by critical historians. The supposed translation of 1091 was in reality of some other worthy.

P. Grosjean in AA.SS. Nov. IV (1925), 145–88;F. O'Briain in D.H.G.E., vii. 1320–1;J. A. Robinson, Two Glastonbury Legends (1926);B.L.S., xi. 72;Bibl. SS., ii. 1226–31.

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