(d. c. 700)

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(d. c.700),

virgin. All that we know of her comes from the York breviary. According to this source she was of a noble Wessex family; she went to the north of England to become a nun with her companions Bega and Wulfreda. They settled on land owned by Wilfrid called Bishop's Farm, which he gave them. The nunnery grew until, we are told, it numbered eighty; Everild died peacefully when her mission was accomplished. It was believed that this saint gave her name to Everingham (now Humberside) but E. Ekwall gives as its derivation ‘The ham of Eofor's people’. Feast: 9 July, in medieval calendars of York and Northumbria and two martyrologies.

AA.SS. Iul. II (1721), 713; Stanton, pp. 328–9. York Breviary, s.d. 9 July.

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