Saint Winwallus

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Guénolé; date unknown, artist unknown; Cathédral of Saint-Corentin, Quimper, France; photographed on 19 July 2010 by Thesupermat; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Bennoc
  • Guengalaenus
  • Guengaloeus
  • Guénolé
  • Guingaloëus
  • Guingalois
  • Gunnolo
  • Gwenndo
  • Gweno
  • Gwinocus
  • Gwnawg
  • Gwnnog
  • Gwynauc
  • Gwynawc
  • Gwyngawr
  • Gwynno
  • Gwynnoc
  • Gwynnocus
  • Gwynog
  • Ouignoualey
  • Valois
  • Vennole
  • Vinguavally
  • Waloway
  • Wingaloeus
  • Winnol
  • Winocus
  • Winwalde
  • Winwalloc
  • Winwalloe
  • Winwaloe
  • Winwaloëus
  • Wonnow
  • Wynnog
  • Wynolatus
  • Wynwallow



His father was Fragan, a Welsh noble who had recently emigrated to Brittany to escape a Saxon invasion. Ward and spiritual student of Saint Budoc on Lauren Island. Monk. Following a pilgrimage at age 20 to key Saint Patrick related sites in Ireland, Winwallus founded Landevennec monastery with eleven fellow monks at Brest, France. Abbot. The initial monastery site had to be abandoned due to poor soil and harsh weather, but Winwallus spent the rest of his days at the second site.

Legend says he lived on rye bread and ashes, water, and prayer, that he slept on sand or piles of tree bark, and that these privations led to his performing many miracles. Several churches in Cornwall, including Anglican parishes, are dedicated to him, which may indicate that his relics were moved there after the Viking invasions of 914.






  • carrying a church on his shoulders or in his hands
  • ringing a bell

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Winwallus“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 November 2020. Web. 3 March 2021. <>