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(date unknown),

bishop, Patron of Germoe (Cornwall), he was probably one of a party of Irish monks who settled in Cornwall before most of them moved on to Gaul. But Germoe, says Leland, was buried at Germoe; his chair was in the churchyard and his well a little outside it. The Legend of Breage, however, makes Germoe a king; a 15th-century fresco representing him with crown and sceptre survives in Breage church. Baring-Gould identifies him with the founder of a chain of churches in Brittany. Germoe's feast-dates correspond to his historical uncertainty: William Worcestre dates his feast as on ‘die S. Johannis in festo natalis’, leaving it to the reader to interpret this as either 24 June or 27 December; Irish martyrologies commemorate him on 30 July, but The Cornish Church Kalendar places his feast on the ‘Sunday after the first Saturday in May’.

J. Leland, Itinerary, i. 188; William Worcestre, pp. 28–9; Baring-Gould and Fisher, iii. 80–1.

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