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(6th century),

eponym of Congresbury (Somerset). Probably of Pembrokeshire origin (Llanwngar near St David's), Congar was one of the Welsh missionaries who founded Christian communities in Somerset and Devon. A Winchester litany of c.1060 contains his name. Congresbury claimed to have his body enshrined during the Middle Ages (it is mentioned in 11th-and 14th-century pilgrim guides), most Somerset calendars have his feast, and there seem to have been no rival claimants to his relics. Late medieval wills include legacies for lights at his shrine. Congresbury is first mentioned in Asser's Life of Alfred as a derelict Celtic monastery which was assigned to Asser, bishop of Crediton. A 12th-century Life was concocted at Wells: this consists of a hotch-potch of hagiographical and folkloric elements mainly drawn from Lives of other Welsh saints. Feast: 27 November.

Subjects: Christianity.


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