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Cornish founder and patron of Cury in the Lizard. He was a Celtic hermit who later became a bishop in Brittany. An ancient cross stands near his church; in 1890 a fresco was discovered in Breage (the mother-church of the Lizard), which depicts him in cope and mitre with a pastoral staff. Beside him is a fish, from which he was reputed to have cut and eaten one slice each day, without any diminution in the size of the fish.

His name occurs in a Winchester missal of the 10th century and a Canterbury litany of the 11th. An ancient Breton cult in his honour was revived by a private revelation in the 17th century, when several old shrines there were restored. His feast (translation?) at Quimper is the occasion for presents of blessed cakes. Ancient feast: 1 May.

G. H. Doble, The Saints of Cornwall, ii (1962) 45–53.

Subjects: Christianity.


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