SAINT THILLO CALLED IN FRANCE THEAU, IN FLANDERS
TILLOINE, OR TILMAN, C.
HE was by birth a Saxon, and being made captive,
was carried into the Low Countries, where he was ransomed and
baptized by St. Eligius. That apostolical man sent him to his abbey
of Solignac, in Limousin. St. Thillc was called thence by St.
Eligius, ordained priest, and employed by him some time at Tournay,
and in other parts of the Low Countries. The inhabitants of the
country of Isengihen, near Courtray, regard him as their apostle.
Some years after the death of St. Eligius, St. Thillo returned to
Solignac, and lived a recluse near that abbey, in simplicity,
devotion, and austerities, imitating the Antonies and Macariuses. He
died in his solitude, about the year 702, of his age ninety-four, and
was honored with miracles. His name is famous in the French and
Belgic calendars, though it occurs not in the Roman. St. Owen, in his
life of St. Eligius, names Thillo first among the seven disciples of
that saint, who worked with him at his trade of goldsmith, and
imitated him in all his religious exercises, before that holy man was
engaged in the ministry of the church. Many churches in Flanders,
Auvergne, Limousin, and other places, are dedicated to God, under his
invocation. The anonymous life of St. Thillo, in Bollandus, is not
altogether authentic; the history which Mabillon gives of him from
the Breviary of Solignac, is of more authority, (Mab. Sæc. 2,
Ben. p. 996.) See also Bulteau, Hist. Ben. T. i.1. 3, c. 16. Molanus
in Natal. Sanct. Belgii, &c.