ST. GUTHAGON, RECLUSE
HE was an Irishman of royal blood, who forsaking
the world to labor in securing eternal happiness; led a penitential,
contemplative life at Oosterk, near Bruges, in Flanders, with B.
Gillon, an individual companion. He was famed for his eminent
sanctity, attested by miracles after his death. His shrine is there
held in veneration, and a chapel built in his honor. He is said to
have lived in the eighth century. Gerard, bishop of Tournay,
translated the relics of this saint on the 3d of July, 1059, in the
presence of the abbots of Dun, Oubenbourg, and Ececkout; and on the
1st of October, 1444, they were visited by Nicholas, suffragan bishop
of Tournay. See Colgan in MSS. and Molanus, p. 136.