Celtic and Old English Saints          27 March

* St. Alkeld
* St. Suairlech of Fore

St. Alkeld (Athilda), Virgin
Died c. 800 (?). Two churches--at Middleham, Yorkshire, and
Giggleswick, West Riding--are dedicated to Saint Alkeld. Local
tradition claims that she was a Saxon princess (and probably a nun).
Apparently she was strangled by Danish pirates (or their women), because
that is how she is depicted in an ancient painting.

She was buried in a church at Middleham. Edward IV's patent survives
that enabled his brother Richard (later Richard III) to
establish the college of Middleham in honour of Christ, His Mother, and
Saint Alkeld (Benedictines, Farmer).

St. Suairlech of Fore, Bishop
Died c. 750. First bishop of Fore, Westmeath, Ireland, from c. 735
until his death (Benedictines).

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Lives kindly supplied by:
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An Alphabetical Index of the Saints of the West

A Beginner's Guide to Irish Gaelic pronunciation

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