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Was St. Boniface an Irishman?

Trans. Devon. Assoc. 1884, Vol XVI, pp. 581-589.

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The Rev Canon Brownlow, M.A.

Prepared by Michael Steer

Boniface (aka Wynfrith) was the Apostle of Germany, his date of birth is unknown. He was martyred 5 June, 755 (754). His particular emblems are the oak, axe, book, fox, scourge, fountain, raven, sword. Records indicate that he was English, although Ireland or Scotland also claim him. His birthplace was probably Crediton (Kirton). He descended from a noble family.
His parents intended him for secular pursuits, but, inspired with higher ideals by missionary monks who visited his home, Wynfrith (also Winfrid) felt himself called to a religious life. After much difficulty he obtained his father's permission and went to the monastery of Adescancastre (Exeter), where, under the direction of Abbot Wolfhard, he was trained in piety and learning. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

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Augustine, Saint 584, 587
Canisius 586
Canterbury, Archbishop of 583
Christopher, Saint 589
Contractus 586
Cuthbert, Archbishop 583
Enhard 586
Ethelbald, King 587
Freeman, Mr Edward 581
Gewelib, Bishop 587
Gregory II, Pope 582-7
Guest, Dr 581
Herefrith 587
Justus, Archbishop 587
King, Mr (Crediton) 581
Laurence, Archbishop 587
Leo IX, Pope 584
Lullus 583, 585
Malmesbury, William of 585
Marianus (see Scottus)  
Maskell, Mr 584
Melito, Archbishop 587
Mentz, Archbishop of 582-3, 585
Moelbrigte 582
Moran, Archbishop Dr 581-5, 587-9
Newburgh 589
Othlo 584-5, 588
Paul, Saint 588
Pertz 586-7
Pippin, Emperor 585
Scotus, Marianus 582, 584-9
Sidonius 589
Spanheim, Abbot of 583
Sydney, Catholic Archbishop of 581
Treves, Regino of 586
Trithemius 583
Virgilius 589
Vöringen, Hermann, Count of 586
Willebrord, Bishop 582, 589
Willibald 584
Wiseman, Cardinal 587
Worcester, Florence of 585
Wynfrith (Winfred) 581-2, 586, 588-9
Zachary, Pope 583, 585, 587-8