Also written Briocus, Brioc, or Bru. Confessor and bishop (410 – 502), born probably Cardiganshire; died Saint-Brieuc-des-Vaux, France. Of pagan parents, he was converted in 430. He preached in Cardigan and on the coast of Alba, and founded a monastery at Landebaeron in Armorica, and another at Saint Brieuc in upper Brittany, of which he became first bishop. Many churches in England and Scotland are dedicated to him. Patron of pursemakers. Emblems: a purse, alms-box. Relics in the Abbey of Saint Sergius, Angers, and in the Cathedral of Saint Brieuc. Feast, 1 May.