Beornstan the Archdeacon

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St Augustines Abbey where Beornstan is buried.

Beornstan the Archdeacon also known as Byrnstan was a Dark Ages Catholic saint from Kent in Anglo-Saxon England.[1]

Very little is known of the life of this saint and he is known to history mainly through the hagiography of the Secgan Manuscript[2] and also The Catalogus Sanctorum in Anglia Pausantium.[3] He was Kentish, an archdeacon and was buried at St Augustine's Abbey so he was probably associated with the early Abbey.


  1. ^ Blair, John (2002), "A Handlist of Anglo-Saxon Saints", in Thacker, Alan; Sharpe, Richard, Local Saints and Local Churches in the Early Medieval West, Oxford: Oxford University Press, p563.
  2. ^ Stowe MS 944, British Library
  3. ^ Lambeth Palace Library MS99