Constantine of the Britons

Introduction

Constantine of Dumnonia (Cornwall and Devon, or possibly Perthshire) was criticised by Gildas in the 540s (Winterbottom 1978 p 29). It is just possible that this is the Constantine of AU 588.4 Conuersio Constantini ad Dominum – ‘The conversion of Constantine to the Lord’. There are various traditions in Brittany, Wales and Cornwall of a king in Cornwall who became a holy man eg in Rhigyfarch's Life of David (Orme 2000 p 94-96). An exemplary king Constantine of Cornwall was known by the late ninth-century Breton author of the Latin Life of St Turiau of Dol (Dumville 1999, 236)

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Constantine (ns)

Same as Constantine of Rahan (possible)

The Constantine who is located in Mart O notes and elsewhere, in Rahan is said to be a British king.

Same as Constantine son of Paternus of the Aberdeen Breviary (possible)

Feast days

Day of Year

March 11

Calendar

Martyrology of Tallaght

Source code

Mart.T

Source title

Martyrology of Tallaght

Editors

Best, R. I. and Lawlor, H. J.

Year

1931

Notes

From the Book of Lesinter and MS 5100-4 in the Royal Library, Brussels.

Quote from source

Constantini Briton

Notes

Mart T's author is in doubt as to who this is, giving as an alternative 'meic Fergusa do Cruthnechaib'.

Day of Year

March 11

Calendar

Martyrology of Gorman

Source code

Mart. G

Source title

Martyrology of Gorman

Editors

Stokes, Whitley

Year

1895

Notes

Full title is Félire Húi Gormáin, The Martyrology of Gorman edited from a manuscript in the Royal library, Brussels, with a preface, translation, notes and indices. It is published by the Henry Bradshaw Society.

Quote from source

Constantin Britt buanraith gloss: Constantin mac Feargusa do Chruithnechaibh nó Brit iar n-araile. abb Raithne mo Chuda. Constantine son of Fergus of the Picts, or, according to others, a Briton: abbot of Raithen mo Chuta.

Notes

Much doubt as to who this Constantine is, but it is possible that the British Constantine found in Cornish tradition lies behind this entry.