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(?5th century),

virgin, patron of St Kew (Cornwall). This place was formerly called Docco after the saint also known as Congar, but Congar's monastery came to an end well before 1000 and by the 14th century (or earlier) Kew had replaced him as patron. According to Roscarrock she was his sister; but when she visited her brother in his hermit's cell, ‘he would not receive her until such time as he sawe a wild boare miraculously obeye her, after which time he conversed with her, who proved of such rare vertue and holiness as she was after her death reputed a saint and the Church of the parish called after her’. Feast: in the Exeter Martyrology and in Welsh calendars, 8 February.

G. H. Doble, The Saints of Cornwall, i (1965), 105–9; Baring-Gould and Fisher, ii. 139–46 wrongly identify her with Cuach, the nurse of the Irish Ciaran.

Subjects: Christianity.


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