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Flag of St Piran, used as a flag of Cornwall

This is a list of Cornish saints, including saints more loosely associated with Cornwall: many of them will have links to sites elsewhere in regions with significant ancient British history, such as Devon or Brittany.

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Guido Reni's archangel Michael (in the Capuchin church of Santa Maria della Concezione, Rome) tramples Satan. *The Archangel Michael was recognized as the patron saint of Cornwall in early times

For more information see the works of Canon Doble (1880-1945) and Nicholas Orme's book, The Saints of Cornwall (2000).[1][2]

List of some of the well-known Cornish saints

N.B. All these have dedications in Cornwall but not all have legends or traditions associating them with Cornwall.

Books about saints by Charles Henderson

  • Saint Carantoc 1928
  • Saint Clether 1930
  • Saint Cuby 1929
  • Saint Day 1933
  • Saint Euny 1933
  • Saint Gerent, Gerendus, Gerens 1938
  • Saint Gudwal or Gurval 1933
  • Saint Mawgan 1936
  • Saint Melor 1927
  • Saint Nectan, S. Keyne and the Children of Brychan in Cornwall 1930
  • Saint Neot 1929
  • Saint Nonna 1928
  • Saint Perran, Saint Keverne, & Saint Kerrian 1931
  • Saint Petrock 1938
  • Saint Rumon and Saint Ronan 1939
  • Saint Selevan 1928
  • Saint Senan 1928
  • Saint Sezni 1928
  • Saint Tudy 1929
  • Saint Winnoc 1940

See also


  • Nicholas Roscarrock (d. 1634) left an interesting account of the lives of the saints.[3]
Flag of Devon

St Petroc's Cross, used as a flag of Devon

Further reading

  • Orme, Nicholas (1996) English Church Dedications: With a Survey of Cornwall and Devon, University of Exeter Press ISBN 0859895165
  • Ellis, P. B. (1992) The Cornish Saints. Penryn: Tor Mark Press (A brief basic guide giving accounts of 120 saints)
  • Bowen, E. G. (1954) The Settlements of the Celtic Saints in Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press
  • Baring-Gould, S.; Fisher, John (1907-13) Lives of the British Saints: the saints of Wales and Cornwall and such Irish saints as have dedications in Britain. 4 vols. London: For the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, by C. J. Clark
  • Rees, W. J. (ed.) (1853) Lives of the Cambro British Saints: of the fifth and immediate succeeding centuries, from ancient Welsh & Latin mss. in the British Museum and elsewhere, with English translations and explanatory notes. Llandovery: W. Rees
  • Wade-Evans, A. W. (ed.) (1944). Vitae Sanctorum Britanniae et Genealogiae. Cardiff: University of Wales Press Board. (Lives of saints: Bernachius, Brynach. Beuno. Cadocus, Cadog. Carantocus (I and II), Carannog. David, Dewi sant. Gundleius, Gwynllyw. Iltutus, Illtud. Kebius, Cybi. Paternus, Padarn. Tatheus. Wenefred, Gwenfrewi.--Genealogies: De situ Brecheniauc. Cognacio Brychan. Ach Knyauc sant. Generatio st. Egweni. Progenies Keredic. Bonedd y saint.)

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