Saints of Cornwall – St Keverne

Saint Keverne

The true form of the name of the patron Saint of St.Keverne appears to have been Acheveran. In the 13th century an attempt was made to identify him with the better known Irish Saint, Kierian. This attempt was, perhaps, due to the Cistercians of Beaulieu who acquired the Church circa 1230, and whose sister houses in Southern Ireland would have made them well acquainted with St.Ciaran or Kieran. At the Reformation, however, the popular and more correct spelling, Keveran or Keverne, came back again. Acheveran / Keverne was a male saint since at least the 10thcentury and is listed as one of the early Cornish Saints

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