Some stories claim Bettelin was a Mercian nobleman married to an Irish princess. While the two were travelling through a forest, the princess went into labour. Bettelin went for help, and while he was gone the princess delivered the baby; the two were eaten by wolves. This traumatic event reputedly sent Bettelin to the hermitage. The reliability of the story is, well, questionable.
- “Saint Bettelin“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 July 2009. Web. 3 May 2016. <>