(d. c. 514)

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(d. c.514),

bishop. He was one of the earliest and least-recorded saints of Ireland, reputed to be a disciple of Patrick. He became a hermit at Kells and later bishop of his own clan in the district. The Life is a late compilation of unreliable material, but it preserves the quaint legend that he had such veneration for Scripture that he would not, like other Irish monks, carry his Gospel-book in a leather satchel, but bore it on his shoulders hunched up or on all fours. Feast: 3 September, in Ireland.

Life in W. W. Heist, Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae (1965), pp. 404–7;The Irish Saints, p. 214.

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