Saint Ebbe the Younger

Saint Ebbe the YoungerAlso known as

  • Ebbe of Coldingham
  • Abb
  • Aebbe
  • Ebba



Abbess at Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland, a double monastery that had been founded by Saint Ebbe the Elder, and which was the largest in the country at the time. When the monastery was attacked by Scandinavian pirates, Ebbe gathered her nuns and exhorted them to save themselves from falling into the hands of the pirates by voluntary disfiguring themselves. She then set an example by cutting off her own nose and upper lip; the other nuns did the same. When the Vikings broke into the convent, they were so horrified and angry by what the women had done to escape being raped, they locked them all in, set fire to the house, and burned them all to death.



MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ebbe the Younger“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 May 2020. Web. 16 October 2021. <>