(d. 664)

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(d. 664),

bishop of Northumbria. According to Bede he was a ‘servant of Christ, who had been educated by the southern Irish and consecrated bishop; he wore the ecclesiastical tonsure in the form of a crown [i.e. in the Roman way] and kept the catholic rules for the celebration of Easter’. He was appointed to the Northumbrian see just after the Synod of Whitby to replace Colman of Lindisfarne who left for Ireland. No doubt it was hoped that he would be the person to unite the ‘Irish’ and ‘Roman’ factions in Northumbria, but this ‘good and devout man’ ruled for a very short time, as he died in the plague of 664 at the unidentified Paegnalaech, where he was buried. Unfortunately there is no firm record of his public cult as all the records of early Lindisfarne perished in the sack by the Vikings. His anniversary was 21 October.

Bede, H.E., iii. 26–7; AA.SS. Oct. X (1861), 56.

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