(d. c. 670)

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(d. c.670),

monk, known only through Bede. He was born in East Anglia, became master of Etheldreda's household and went with her to Northumbria for her marriage to King Egfrith. When she became a nun at Coldingham, Owin joined the monastery at Lastingham under Chad. He arrived in poor clothes, carrying an axe, his intention being to ‘work hard rather than pursue idleness in monastic life’, as some did. What he lacked in meditation on the Scriptures he made up for by manual work. When Chad became bishop of Mercia and Lindsey in 669, Owin went with him to Lichfield as a member of his household monastery. One day he experienced an audition of heavenly voices, which presaged Chad's forthcoming death. Owin died at about the same time; his feast is traditionally 4 March, but there seems no surviving trace of cult except the dedication of ancient churches at Gloucester and Bristol.

Bede, H.E., iv. 3 (with Plummer's notes); AA.SS., Mar. I (1668), 313.

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