Saint Herbert of Derwentwater



Benedictine monk and priest. Disciple and friend of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne. Hermit on the island of Lake Derwentwater, later called Saint Herbert’s Island. Each year he visited Cuthbert at Lindisfarne. In 686 Cuthbert visited Herbert on his island, and told him that if he had anything to ask, he must do so because he foresaw he would soon die. They both prayed they go together. Soon after, Herbert fell ill; the illness lasted till 20 March 687 when both saints died. In 1374, Bishop Thomas Appleby of Carlisle ordered the vicar of Crosthwaite to celebrate a sun Mass on Saint Herbert’s Isle each year on his feast, and granted 40 days Indulgence to all who visited on this day. Ruins of a circular stone building there may be connected with him.



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  • “Saint Herbert of Derwentwater“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 March 2021. Web. 22 January 2022. <>