CUTHBURGA (Saint) (August 31) (8th century) A sister of King Ina of Wessex, betrothed to Oswy of Northumbria, but with his consent released from her obligation and admitted to the Religious Life. She was trained thereto by Saint Hildelid at Barking Abbey. She afterwards founded the great Abbey of Wimborne in Dorsetshire, where her sister Saint Quenburga was associated with her. Wimborne was the school in which Saints Lioba, Thecla and other great and saintly women prepared for their lives of Christian devotedness and usefulness. Saint Cuthburga passed away A.D. 724 or thereabouts, and her festival is marked in several Liturgical Calendars.