Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Breaca, Virgin


She was born in Ireland, on the borders of Leinster and Ulster, and consecrated herself to God in a religious state under the direction of Saint Bridget, who built for her a separate oratory, and afterwards a monastery, in a place since called the Field of Breaca. She afterwards passed into Cornwall in company with Abbot Sinnin, a disciple of Saint Patrick, Maruan, a monk, Germoch, or Gemoch, King Elwen, Crewenna, and Helen. Saint Breaca landed at Revyer, otherwise called Theodore’s castle, situated on the eastern bank of the river Hayle, long since, as it seems, swallowed up by the sands on the coast of the northern sea of Cornwall. Tewder, a Welchman, slew part of this holy company. Saint Breaca proceeded to Pencair, a hill in Pembro parish, now commonly called Saint Banka. She afterwards built two churches, one at Trenewith, the other at Talmeneth, two mansion places in the parish of Pembro, as is related in the life of Saint Elwin.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Breaca, Virgin”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 March 2013. Web. 27 September 2021. <>