Martyr; d. Alberschwende near Bregenz, Austria, Mar. 23, 1120. He became a benedictine monk at the abbey of mehrerau, and then was named pastor when his monastery gained possession of the parish church at Alberschwende. According to legend he was a descendant of the count of Bregenz and the brother of Bl. Diedo of Andelsbuch and Bl. ilga. Merbot was killed by settlers, and over his grave a chapel for pilgrims was erected, and subsequently restored in 1752.
Feast: Mar. 19; first Thursday of Lent (Bregenz).
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