Wulfhad and Ruffin

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They were traditionally brothers who were martyred at Stone (Staffs.), where their relics were kept. According to their Legend they were sons of Wulfhere, king of the Mercians, who put them to the sword after he had apostatized, killing them in the cell where they had been baptized by Chad. At many points the Legend contradicts the known facts of history and can be rejected: the question remains whether or not there once were martyrs of this name, virtually unknown, who were given some kind of apparently respectable pedigree by this Legend. Feast: 24 July, mentioned in the Martyrologies of Altemps and Norwich and by Leland.

G. H. Gerould, ‘The Legend of St Wulfhad and St Ruffin at Stone Priory’, Publ. Mod. Lang. Ass., xxxii (1917), 323–37; Stanton, pp. 354–7; P. Grosjean, ‘Codicis Gothani appendix’, Anal. Boll., lviii (1946), 183–7.

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