Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Guthagon, Recluse


He was an Irishman of royal blood, who, forsaking the world to labour in securing eternal happiness, led a penitential, contemplative life at Oostkerk, near Bruges, in Flanders, with B. Gillon, an individual companion. He was famed for his eminent sanctity, attested by miracles after his death. His shrine is there held in veneration, and a chapel built in his honour. He is said to have lived in the eighth century. Gerald, bishop of Tournay, translated the relics of this saint on the 3rd of July, 1059, in the presence of the abbots of Dun, Oudenbourg, and Ececkout; and on the 1st of October, 1444, they were visited by Nicholas, suffragan bishop of Tournay.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Guthagon, Recluse”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 June 2013. Web. 23 September 2021. <>