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(6th century),

hermit. This saint gave his name to a headland and a chapel on the south coast of Pembrokeshire (Dyfed), where he spent the last few years of his life. The ruined buildings are of great interest, especially to readers of Bede's Life of Cuthbert, with its description of the hermit's cell from which only the sky is visible, as the Govan cell reproduces this feature exactly. Govan is said to have been a disciple of the Irish saint Ailbe. Feast: 26 March in Irish martyrologies. Other saints of this name include a disciple of Fursey who eventually settled at Laon. Feast: 20 June.

Baring-Gould and Fisher, iii. 143–7.

Subjects: Christianity.

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