Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Gildas, the Albanian, or the Scot, Confessor


His father, who was called Caunus, and was king of certain southern provinces in North Britain, was slain in war by king Arthur. Saint Gildas improved temporal afflictions into the greatest spiritual advantages, and, despising a false and treacherous world, aspired with his whole heart to a heavenly kingdom. Having engaged himself in a monastic state, he retired with Saint Cado, abbot of Llan-carvan, into certain desert islands, whence they were driven by pirates from the Orcades. Two islands, called Ronech and Ecni, afforded him for some time a happy retreat, which he forsook to preach to sinners the obligation of doing penance, and to invite all men to the happy state of divine love. After discharging this apostolical function for several years, he retired to the southwest part of Britain into the abbey of Glastenbury, where he died and was buried in 512. William of Malmesbury and John Fordun mention his prophecies and miracles.

On this day is commemorated in the Roman Martyrology, Saint SABINIANUS of TROYES in CHAMPAGNE, a martyr of the third century. His festival is kept at Troyes on the 24th.

Also, Saint SULPICIUS, surnamed SEVERUS, Bishop of Bourges in 591.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Gildas, the Albanian, or the Scot, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 January 2013. Web. 24 November 2020. <>