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Celtic saint,

patron of Crantock (Cornwall), Llangranog, and Carhampton (Somerset). Carantoc was probably of Welsh origin: he built a monastery in Somerset, was the leader of the group of monks who evangelized central Cornwall in the 6th or 7th century, and went from there to Brittany, where he was known as Caredec. William Worcestre mentions a ‘Sanctus Cradokus’ in a church or chapel near Padstow ‘on account of his destroying worms when people drink the water of a well there’. It is uncertain whether Carantoc or Cadoc was intended. His biographer attributed to him also a fruitful missionary visit to Ireland. The Cornish antiquary Roscarrock mentions a Cornish church dedicated to him which formerly had seven churchyards belonging to it. Seven parishes from these seven churches used to come each year and bring relics to the mother church, placing them on special stones like altars. Feast: 16 May; cult in S. Wales, Somerset, Cornwall, and Brittany.

AA.SS. Maii III (1680), 584–7;N.L.A., i. 177–9;J. A. Robinson, ‘St Carantoc in Somerset’, Downside Review, xlvi (1929), 234–43;G. H. Doble, The Saints of Cornwall, iv (1965), 31–52;A. W. Wade-Evans, Vitae Sanctorum Britanniae et Genealogiae (1944), pp. 142–50;William Worcestre, p. 73.

Subjects: Christianity.

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