Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Bega, or Bees, of Ireland, Virgin


She was a holy Irish virgin, who flourished about the middle of the seventh century, led an anchoretical life, and afterwards founded a nunnery in Copeland, near Carlisle. Her shrine was kept there after her death, and became famous for pilgrims. There is in Scotland a place called Kilbees from her name, according to a note of Th. Innes on the manuscript calendar kept in the Scotch College of Paris. See Alford, Annal. t. 2, p. 294, Monast. Anglic. Suysken, t. 2, Sept. p. 694, etc.

The Irish Calendar commemorates on this day Saint Macculindus, bishop of Lusk, who departed to our Lord in 497. See Colgan, manuscripts

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Bega, or Bees, of Ireland, Virgin”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 August 2014. Web. 24 March 2019. <>