Saint Saxburgh of Ely

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Saxburgh of Ely, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Sexburga
  • Seaxburh
  • Sexburgh



Born a princess, the daughter of the King of East Anglia (part of modern England). Sister of Saint Etheldred, Saint Ethelburgh and Saint Withburgh, and half-sister of Saint Sethrid. Married to Erconbert, King of Kent (part of modern England). Mother of Saint Ermenhild and Saint Ercongotha. Founded the convent of Minster in Sheppey, England. Widowed in 664. Nun in Sheppey. Nun at the convent of Ely in 679 where she eventually became abbess.



  • c.699 of natural causes


MLA Citation

  • “Saint Saxburgh of Ely“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 December 2018. Web. 29 January 2022. <>