Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Maw, Confessor

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May 17

This name in the Cornish language signifies a boy. He was a native of Ireland, and came young into Cornwall that he might live to God alone in the closest solitude, in the practice of the most austere penance and the exercises of divine prayer. His hermitage was on the sea-coast, near the spacious harbour of Falmouth. The place is still called Saint Mawes, in Latin S. Mauditi Castrum, where a church, and in the church-yard a chair of solid stone and a miraculous or holy well still bear his name. See Leland’s Itiner where he writes that this saint had been a bishop in Britain, and was painted as a schoolmaster.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Maw, Confessor”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 November 2016. Web. 23 September 2020. <>