Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Milgithe, Virgin, of England


Thus Dom Menard writes the name of this saint, who by Capgrave is called Mildgyda, by Jocelin, Milvida, and by Thomas of Ely, in a fragment of the life of Saint Andry, quoted by Mabillon, Milgidra. Wilson testifies that her feast is mentioned on this day, in an ancient manuscript English Martyrology; though Menard places it on the 26th of February. Her father Merowald was son of Penda, and brother of Peoda, Wulfher, and Ethelred, kings of Mercia. Her mother, Domneva, was daughter of Ermenred, who was brother to Erconbert, king of Kent, father of Saint Ercongata, who died a nun at Farmoutier, in France, under the discipline of Saint Aubierge, her aunt. Her brother Meresin died young, in the odour of sanctity. Her elder sisters, Saints Mildred and Milburge, are very famous in the English calendars. Saint Milgithe imitated their illustrious example, and contemning the fading pleasures and delights of the world, retired into the monastery of Estrey, built by Egbert, king of Kent, not far from Canterbury, and having served God in the heroic practice of all Christian virtues, died happily about the close of the seventh century.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Milgithe, Virgin, of England”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 January 2013. Web. 29 November 2020. <>