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St. Kew

V Century?
The patron of St. Kew, Cornwall, Kew (Ciwg) is said to have been the sister of St. Durroc (fl. V. Century?) and to have traveled from Gwent in Wales to Cornwall to see him. He refused to allow Kew near him until he saw her best a wild boar. The town, perhaps the site of his hermitage, is thought to have been named originally for him, who is known also as Congar. Modern scholars reject the identification of St. Kew with Guach, the nurse of St. Kieran.

The monastery at St. Kew was closed in by the XI Century, although the parish church dedicated to her memory existed until the XV Century.

Karen Rae Keck


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