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St Pedrog of Cornwall, Abbot of Lanwethinoc.

Saint Pedrog was a patron saint in Cornwall where he was generally known as Petroc and the name is probably a variant of Patrick. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He was born in 468 AD, a younger son of King Glynwys Cernyw of Glywysing, who was the eldest son of Solor, from South Wales.  King Glywys Cernyw, however, was probably born in Gloucestershire and the first King to leave his mark on that region. Upon his father's death, the people of Glywysing called for Pedrog assume the crown of one the country's sub-divisions like his brothers. Petroc, however wished to pursue a religious life and left, with several followers, to study in Ireland.

After some years, Petroc returned to Britain, landing on the shores of the River Camel in Cornwall.  He was directed, by Saint Samson, to the hermitage of Saint Wethnoc.  Impressed by the piety of Petroc, Wethnoc agreed to give him a cell in return for naming the place Llanwethinoc in his honour.  The place is now Padstow or Petroc's Stow.  Petroc founded a monastery on the site.  After thirty years there he decided to go on a pilgrimage to Rome, via Brittany. On his return journey, just as he reached Newton St. Petrock  in Devon, it began to rain. Petroc predicted that this would soon stop, but it continued to rain for three days. In penance for such presumption, Petroc returned to Rome, travelled on to Jerusalem and finally settled in India where he lived for seven years.

Petroc eventually returned to Britain but may have gone on a further pilgrimage to Ynys Enlli now known as Bardsey Island, founding churches at St. Petrox in Dyfed and Llanbedrog on the way. Back in Cerniw, with the help of Saints Wethnoc and Samson, he defeated a serpent, which the late King Teudar of Penwith had used to devour his enemies. This done, he departed from his monastery at Llanwethinoc to live as a hermit in the woods at Little Petherick. Some of his fellow monks followed his example at nearby St. Petroc Minor.

Petroc later moved still deeper into the Cornish countryside, where he discovered Saint Guron living in a humble cell. Guron gave up his hermitage and moved south, allowing Petroc, with the backing of King Constantine, to establish a second monastery called Bothmena, now Bodmin or the Abode of Monks. Petroc eventually died in 564 AD at Treravel, while travelling between Little Petherick and Padstow, where he was buried. The monks there later removed themselves, along with Petroc's body, to Bodmin where his beautiful Norman casket reliquary can still be seen today.

His feast day is June 4th