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Indract

(d. c. 700)


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(d. c.700),

martyr. He is described in the Martyrology of Tallaght (c.800) as a martyr for the faith at Glastonbury, and his name also occurs in an 11th-century litany. William of Malmesbury portrayed him as the son of an Irish king, who, with his nine travelling companions, was set upon and killed by brigands: ‘credulous antiquity regarded them as martyrs.’ Another Life says that Huna, the king's thane, murdered them, believing that they carried gold. The place of their death is believed to be Huish Episcopi. Ina, king of Wessex (688–726), translated the relics to Glastonbury, where they were buried beside the high altar of the Old Church, destroyed by fire in 1184. William Worcestre mentions that his body lay at Shepton Mallet in 1478: by then his companions were estimated at one hundred. Feast 8 May, but the Bollandists list him under 5 February.

G. H. Doble, ‘St Indract and St Dominic’, Som. Rec. Soc., lvii (1942), 1–24; M. Lapidge, ‘The cult of St Indract at Glastonbury’ in Ireland in Early Medieval Europe (ed. D. Whitelock, 1981), pp. 179–212.

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