Mærwynn

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Mærwynn, also known as St. Merewenna or Merwinna, was a 10th-century saint and abbess of Romsey Abbey.

Life[edit]

Legend has it that she was born in Ireland and educated by St. Patrick, but five centuries separate them. She is known more historically from a Charter of Edgar the Peaceable,[note 1] the Liber Vitae of the New Minster[1] and the Secgan Manuscripts Hagiography.[2]

Romsey Abbey.

She was the Abbess of Romsey (fl 967 – 975 AD), and there is some certainty that she was appointed to the position of abbess by King Edgar the Peaceable on Christmas day in 974.[3]

King Edgar sent Aelfflaed, his daughter,[4] to Mærwynn for care, and she became like a foster mother to the princess.[5][6]

Legacy[edit]

The foundations of Mærwynn's abbey (destroyed by Vikings in 1003 AD)[note 2] have been found under the tower, choir stalls and part of the nave of the current Norman church.[7]

She was buried at Romsey Abbey and was venerated post-mortem.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Charter, King Edgar to Romsey Abbey
  2. ^ Mærwynn's Abbey was the second of the four church buildings to be built on the site.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Liber Vitae of the New Minster, Winchester Fol 26r.20.ix
  2. ^ secgan II.34
  3. ^ Thomas Perkins, Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey (Project Guttenberg, 2007) p. 70.
  4. ^ The Abbey Church of St. Mary & St. Aethelfla
  5. ^ The Liber Vitae of the New Minster, Winchester Fol 26r.20.ix
  6. ^ secgan II.34
  7. ^ Thomas Perkins, Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey (Project Guttenberg, 2007) p17.