St Hugh of Lincoln
Born in Burgundy about 1135. Became a Carthusian monk. Took charge of the Charterhouse at Witham near Frome when called by Henry II. Made Bishop of Lincoln in 1186. He was an able and kind shepherd to his people. He died in 1220 at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London. Canonised 1220.
St Alexander Briant
Born in Somerset 1556, educated at Oxford and English College Douai. After ordination returned to Somerset. He reconciled many to the church. Taken prisoner in London in 1579, barbarously tortured, executed on 1 December 1581. Canonised 1970.
Born in Normandy. Came to England with William the Conqueror. Became Chancellor, then Bishop of Salisbury 1078. He loved books and liturgy. Took part in the preparation of the Domesday Book. A devoted pastor. He built the Cathedral at Old Sarum. Canonised 1456.
St Edmund of Abingdon
Born in Abingdon 1170. Educated Oxford and Paris. Became Professor of Science at Oxford. Returned to Paris to study Theology. Appointed treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral, served as rector of Calne, then became Archbishop of Canterbury 1233. Died at Soissy 1240 on his way to Rome. Canonised 1246.
Born Itchington, Warwickshire, 1008. Became a Benedictine monk at Worcester. Bishop of Worcester 1062. First bishop to make systematic visitations of his diocese. He fought slave trade in Bristol. He built many parish churches and refounded the monastery at Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol. Died 1095. Canonised 1203.
Born AD 953. Became a monk at Deerhurst, Gloucestershire circa AD 970 and eventually Abbot of Bath. In AD 984 became Bishop of Winchester. Known for his personal austerity and almsgiving. In 1005 he became Archbishop of Canterbury. Was captured by the Danes who murdered him at Greenwich 1012 because he would not let a ransom be paid for his release.
Born near Glastonbury AD 909. Educated at the Abbey. Ordained priest at Winchester. Appointed Abbot at Glastonbury, restored monastic life there. Many abbeys to his credit including Malmesbury, Westminster, Bath and Exeter. The rite of coronation is based on that drawn up by Dunstan for Edgar whom he crowned King of Wessex in the Saxon abbey church in Bath, AD 973. He collaborated with the King in reforms of church life and law making. Died AD 988.
AD 639 to AD 709. Became a monk at Malmesbury, completing his education at Canterbury. Circa AD 675 he became Abbot of Malmesbury and made many foundations at Frome and Bradford-on-Avon. When Wessex was divided he became Bishop of Sherborne. In his letter to Geraint he bore testimony to the primacy of the See of Rome. It is thought he invented the crossword puzzle. He died at Doulting near Wells AD 709.
A natural daughter of Edgar, King of England. Brought up at Wilton where her mother became Abbess. She refused to become Queen after the murder of her half brother Edward. She was noted for her personal services to the poor and fondness of wild animals. She died in AD 984.
St Oliver Plunkett
Born in Loughcrew, County Meath, Ireland in 1629. Studied in Rome, ordained in 1654. Professor of Theology in Rome. Consecrated Archbishop of Armagh 1669. He tried to restore the church laid waste by continuous persecution. He was arrested on a charge of complicity in a sham plot. Eventually he was brought to London and a second trial found him guilty of treason. Executed at Tyburn 1681. Canonised 1975. Some of his remains enshrined at Downside Abbey.
Born in Compton Martin circa 1080 to 1154. A Somerset priest who became a hermit. First ministered in Derervill near Warminster. In about 1135 settled an anchorite next to the church at Haselbuty Pluckett near Yeovil.