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(6th century?)

patron of Morwenstow (Cornwall), named after her. Her identity is difficult to establish through confusion with Modwenna. It seems that Morwenna was of Irish-Welsh family, descended from Brychan, whose family settled in North Cornwall. Legend related that when the people built a church, Morwenna carried a stone on her head up from beneath the cliff; when she put it down to rest, St Morwenna's well sprang up; when she finally deposited it in the place she wanted, the church was built there, although the first choice for its site was elsewhere. Feast:?5 July.

Baring-Gould and Fisher, iii. 490–7.

Subjects: Christianity.


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