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The Saints of Cornwall

If it is said that the Devil had no wish to enter Cornwall, since he didn't want to be made into a pasty or a saint. Cornwall is justly proud of its Saints, who were mostly Irish missionaries in the 4th and 5th centuries, many, it is claimed, from noble backgrounds. Their extraordinary exploits have been enshrined in folklore, not least the miraculous means by which some of them arrived here! The Saints of Cornwall are legion and the vast majority of them gave their name to towns and villages throughout the County. St. Austell, still revered in Brittany from whence he came, St. Germanus, a lawyer in ancient Rome, St. Cubert, probably the Welsh saint Gwbert of Cardiganshire and many more left their indelible mark on Cornwall, not only in its place-names but also in its rich tapestry of folklore.

 

 

St. Piran - Abbot of Lanpiran

 

(Born c.AD 480) (Welsh: Perran; Latin: Piranus; English: Piran)


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St. Petroc - Abbot of Lanwethinoc

 

(c.468-564) (Latin: Petrocus; English: Petrock)


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St. Breaca

 

(Born c.AD 486) (Welsh: Breaga; Latin: Briacus; English: Breage)


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St. Buriana

 

(6th Century) (Welsh: Beryan; Latin: Buriana; English: Buriana)


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St. Ciwa Wryry (St. Kew)

 

(6th century) (Welsh: Cywa; Latin: Civa; English: Kew)


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St. Clether - Lord Nevern

 

(Born c.AD 483) (Welsh: Clechre; Latin: Cledrus; English: Cleder)


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St. Columba the Virgin

 

(6th Century) (Welsh: Columba; Latin: Columba; English: Columb)


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St. Constantine of Cornwall - King of Dumnonia

 

(c.AD 520-576) (Welsh: Custennin; Latin: Constantinus; English: Constantine)


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St. Endelienta

 

(Born c.AD 470) (Welsh: Cynheiddon; Latin: Endelienta; English: Endellion)


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St. Erc

 

6th Century (Welsh: Erg; Latin: Ercus; English: Erth)


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St. Gerren - King of Dumnonia

 

(Born c.AD 552) (Welsh: Gereint; Latin: Gerontius; English: Gereint)


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St. Ia

 

(Born c.AD 480) (Welsh: Ia; Latin: Hia; English: Ive)


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St. Issey

 

(Born c.AD 479) (Welsh: Ide; Latin: Ida; English: Izzy)


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St. Justin

 

(Born c.AD 484) (Welsh: Iestyn; Latin: Justanus; English: Justin)


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St. Keyne Wyry

 

(c.AD 461- AD 505) (Welsh: Cain; Latin: Caginus; English: Keyne)


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St. Levan (St. Selevan)

 

(Born c.AD 492) (Welsh: Selyfan; Latin: Solomanus; English: Solomon)


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St. Mabena

 

(Born c.AD 474) (Welsh: Mabyn; Latin: Mabena; English: Mabon)


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St. Marwenna

 

(Born c.AD 477) (Welsh: Marwyn; Latin: Marwenna; English: Marwen)


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St. Meugan

 

(possibly late 5th century) (Welsh: Meugan; Latin: Maucannus; English: Morgan)


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St. Menfre

 

(Born c.AD 471) (Welsh: Mynfrewy; Latin: Menbreda; English: Menefreda)


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St. Merryn

 

(Born c.AD 550) (Latin: Merrinus; English: Merin)


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St. Morwenna

 

(Born c.AD 480) (Welsh: Morwyn; Latin: Morvenna; English: Morwen)


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St. Ouine

 

(Born c.AD 601) (Welsh: Owaine; Latin: Eugenia; English: Eugenie)


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St. Paul Aurelian - Bishop of Saint Pol-de-Léon

 

(Born c.AD 480) (Welsh: Pawl; Latin: Paulinus; English: Paul)


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St. Salom - King of Cerniw

 

(Born c.AD 460) (Welsh: Selyf; Latin: Solomanus; English: Solomon)


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St. Tetha

 

(Born c.AD 473) (Welsh: Tedda; Latin: Detha; English: Teath)


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St. Ursula

 

(Born c.AD 305) (Welsh: Ursula; Latin: Ursula; English: Ursula)


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St. Weluela alias St. Gulval

 

(Born c.AD 496) (Welsh: Woluela; Latin: Velvela; English: Wilgitha)


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St. Wenna the Queen

 

(c.AD 472-544) (Latin: Genuissa; English: Gwen)


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St. Wenna of Talgarth

 

(Born c.AD 463) (Welsh: Gwen; Latin: Genuissa; English: Gwen)


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