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Elstan

(d. 981)


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(d. 981),

bishop of Ramsbury. A monk of Abingdon who was trained by its founder, Ethelwold, he became the community cook as a young man and reputedly plunged his hand, unscathed, into boiling water at Ethelwold's command. He later became abbot of Abingdon. In 970 he was promoted to Ramsbury (Wilts.), then the poorest of the Wessex sees, which needed the support of extra endowments. Possibly its poverty was a partial cause of the sparse evidence for his cult: neither Abingdon, where he was buried, nor Winchester, nor other centres of Wessex, provide clear calendar evidence of his feast. The date of this, 6 April, depends on Wilson's Martyrologe (1608), which may record an earlier tradition.

G.P., p. 181; Florence of Worcester, i. 146; J. Stevenson (ed.), Chronicon Monasterii de Abingdon (R.S.), i. 128; ii. 259; Stanton, pp. 145–6.

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