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Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume I: January. The Lives of the Saints. 1866.

January 29

St. Gildas, the Albanian, or the Scot, Confessor

HIS 1 father, who was called Caunus, and was king of certain southern provinces in North Britain, was slain in war by king Arthur. St. Gildas improved temporal afflictions into the greatest spiritual advantages, and, despising a false and treacherous world, aspired with his whole heart to a heavenly kingdom. Having engaged himself in a monastic state, he retired with St. Cado, abbot of Llan-carvan, into certain desert islands, whence they were driven by pirates from the Orcades. Two islands, called Ronech and Ecni, afforded him for some time a happy retreat, which he forsook to preach to sinners the obligation of doing penance, and to invite all men to the happy state of divine love. After discharging this apostolical function for several years, he retired to the southwest part of Britain into the abbey of Glastenbury, where he died and was buried in 512. William of Malmesbury 2 and John Fordun 3 mention his prophecies and miracles. See F. Alford, an. 512. Dom Lobineau, Saints de Bret. p. 72. Dom Morice, Hist. de Bret. t. 1. in the notes.  1
  On this day is commemorated in the Roman Martyrology, St. SABINIANUS of TROYES in CHAMPAGNE, a martyr of the third century. His festival is kept at Troyes on the 24th. See Bollan. 29th Jan. p. 937. Tillem. Hist. des. Emp. t. 3. p. 541.  2
  Also, St. SULPICIUS, surnamed SEVERUS, Bishop of Bourges in 591. See Greg. Tour. Hist. Franc. l. 6. c. 39. Gall. Christ. and Ben. XIV., Pref. in Mart. Rom.  3
Note 1. Mr. Gale has cleared up the dispute about the two Gildases, and demonstrates this to have been a distinct person from the former, which is also proved by Dom Lobineau, and Dom Morice. [back]
Note 2. Gul. Malmesb. de Antiq. Glast. [back]
Note 3. Scoti-chron. c. 22. [back]