Wilgis, St.

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Anglo-Saxon monk, father of St. willibrord; d. c. 700. A Northumbrian, he established a chapel dedicated to St. Andrew on the banks of the Humber and lived as a hermit nearby in his later years. A community gathered about the spot, attracted by the reputation of his sanctity. Wilgis was buried in the chapel. alcuin at one time was prior of st. andrews Abbey, which derived from the chapel.

Feast: Jan. 31.

Bibliography: Monumenta Germaniae Historica: Scriptores rerum Merovingicarum (Berlin 1826) 7.1:116118. r. stanton, A Menology of England and Wales (London 1887). a. m. zimmermann, Kalendarium Benedictinum: Die Heiligen und Seligen des Benediktinerorderns und seiner Zweige (Metten 193338) 7:152.

[j. l. druse]