Celtic GloryHistory

Saints names beginning L-N

Celtic Saints names beginning L-N

LAMMANA CHAPEL

Lammana Chapel is between West Looe and Talland.

There’s a chapel on the island previously known at Lammana island, now called Looe Island and this is Celtic. There’s another on the land opposite it.  Not much is known except there was a Celtic community there. There is a legend that Joseph of Arimathea brought Jesus to Cornwall whilst on a tin expedition and put him down on the beach furthest from shore

 

LEVAN:

Male

St Levan near Land’s End

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Levan had been fishing and was resting on a rock near the church. Before he died, he split the rock with his fist and prophesied that if a packhorse with panniers could go through the split the world would end.

 

LUWDEGRAN:

Male

Ludgvan

Not much is known about him but if you baptised in his well you could be saved from hanging.  There are 3 crosses in the churchyard.  There used to be a medieval pilgrimage route from Ludgvan to St Michael’s Mount.  It’s known there were still wolves in the area, and they did kill children.

 

MAWES:

Irish male

St Mawes on the Roseland

He was the 10th son of an Irish king and is revered in Brittany.  Legend has it that a noisy seal was disturbing him. He threw a large rock at the seal but missed it. The rock fell and wedged on top of Black Rocks in the harbour at St Mawes.  His stone chair is still preserved in the wall of a house in St Mawes.

 

MAWGAN:

Welsh male

St Mawgan nr Newquay

A Welsh bishop and associate of Cadoc and Breock.  He founded a monastery at St Mawgan and a holy well which is still there inside the lych-gate of the church. He preached here and baptised people. There are 4 Celtic crosses in the churchyard.

 

MERRYN (Morwenna):

Welsh male

St Merryn, Harlyn Bay

He was a 6th century nobleman who became a missionary priest. He studied at Bangor in Wales and then moved to Brittany.  He is associated with Cadoc and had a chapel and holy well near Harlyn Bay.  Cadoc was thirsty after a pilgrimage to St Michael’s Mount to visit Keyne (his aunt) and he struck the ground. A spring came up and it was known to cure intestinal worms.

 

MICHAEL:

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St Michael’s Mount

Mitchell

In the year 495AD fishermen in Mount’s Bay had a vision of Archangel Michael. He told them to build a sacred place/space and he would save them from danger. This was the beginning of the building on St Michael’s Mount.

Pilgrimage routes were established overland: St Ives/Carbis Bay overland to Ludgvan, Crowlas, Gallon and then Marazion and St Michael’s Mount

St Michael’s Mount is believed to be part of the lost Kingdom of Lynonesse. It was originally surrounded by forest not sea. St Michael is depicted as killing a dragon.

St Keyne one of Brychan’s daughters lived on St Michael’s Mount.

 

MINVER:  

Welsh female

Tredizzick

She was a daughter of Brychan and had a hermitage, chapel and well at Tredizzick. The devil attacked her while combing her hair, so she threw the comb at him and he ran away.

 

NECTAN:

Welsh male

St Nectan’s glen

The first born of Brychan. He was inspired by the Egyptian desert father hermit St Anthony. When Nectan was martyred he picked up his head and walked to a spring.  One of his murderers buried him having witnessed the martyrdom and miracle.  All Brychan’s children met at Nectan’s hermitage at Hartland, Devon yearly.

It’s thought he also spent time at St Nectan’s glen in Cornwall having a hermitage above the waterfall. In 937AD on the eve of the battle of Brunanburh he healed a young man with plague, appearing to him in a vision, and laying hands on his afflicted body. Miracles happened at the place of his martyrdom.

 

NEOT:

St Neot near Bodmin Moor

He was a dwarf who was only 15” tall. He would hold his devotions up to his neck in water and moved in miracles especially on animals and birds.  

st neot well in green setting

NIVET:

Welsh female

Lanivet

There are 10 Celtic crosses in the parish, and she is a daughter of Brychan

NONNA:

Welsh

Female

Altarnun well and pool

Nonna (Non, Nonita) was the mother of St David the patron saint of Wales and lived in the 5th century AD in Pembrokeshire, Wales. There are several variations to her story but the main one is that she was raped by a local King, Sanctus and had David as an unmarried mother. The birth was so traumatic that her nails marks were visible on the rocks where she was in labour. This rock then became part of the foundation of the church’s altar which was built on the site, now known as Capel Non. She was celibate before the rape and remained celibate afterwards.

She was known for her asceticism living off bread and water once she conceived. There were indications that David was to be special even whilst he was still in the womb. Whilst pregnant, a local preacher was unable to preach in Nonna’s presence and it was taken that the baby would be a great preacher.  A local ruler also heard about the child and fearful of his power, planned to kill him on birth. However, the night David was born there was such a violent storm that it proved impossible to travel outdoors.

Later she travelled to Cornwall where she is known in several places, but especially Altarnun (the altar of Non) and Pelynt (the place of Non) where she has holy wells and churches grew up around the prayer settlements. She then travelled across to Brittany. It’s possible she died either there or in Cornwall.

 

 

 

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