Baring-Gould’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Lucian, Bishop Martyr at Beauvais


[Roman, Gallican, and Anglican Martyrologies; Bede, Ado, Notker, and others. His date uncertain. As little is known of this Saint Lucian, it is prob- able that the so-called Reformers retained his name in the Anglican Calendar by mistake, confusing him with the Saint Lucian of Antioch, January 7th, a much better known Saint.]

There is much uncertainty about this martyr. Some writers maintain that he was a disciple of Saint Peter. Others say that he was sent into Gaul by Saint Clement, Bishop of Rome, at the end of the first century, and suffered death under the reign of Domitian. It is certain, however, that he came into Gaul to preach the faith to the pagan inhabitants, and that he finished his labours at Beauvais, by the death of a martyr. There is good reason to believe that he was of noble Roman blood, and that he accompanied Saint Denys of Paris, or Saint Quentin of Amiens, on his mission, about the year 245. Saint Lucian was accompanied by his friends, Maximian and Julian. They suffered in different places, and on different days; but they were laid by faithful disciples in one tomb, and are commemorated together. Saint Lucian is called in some calendars a priest; but in an ancient one of the ninth century, he is styled a bishop, and such has been the constant tradition at Beauvais.

In art, he is represented holding his head in his hands.

MLA Citation

  • Sabine Baring-Gould. “Saint Lucian, Bishop Martyr at Beauvais”. Lives of the Saints, 1897. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 January 2014. Web. 20 October 2021. <>