Saint Gwinear

detail of a stained glass window entitled 'Saint Gwinear and his companions land on the shors of Auray River'; date unknown, artist unknown; church of Saint Guigner, Pluvigner, Morbihan, France; photographed on 18 May 2013 by Fab5669; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Fingar
  • Guigner
  • Gwinnear



Son of the pagan King Clito of Ireland. When Saint Patrick arrived at Clito’s court, the king was hostile; Gwinear recognized Patrick‘s sincerity and piety, treated him well, and meditated on his message. Convert to Christianity. Hermit. Upon his father‘s death, he returned home, gathered 770 other converts, and worked to spread the faith in Wales and Brittany. Miracle worker. Martyr. The Cornish village of Gwinear is named for him. At Pluvigner there is a stained glass window of Gwinear hunting a stag with a cross between its antlers, and there is a holy well with his name near the church.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Gwinear“. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 May 2020. Web. 29 July 2021. <>