Sunday, June 17, 2012

St. Botulph & Boston

Today is the feast day of St. Botulph or Botolph, a 7th Century Anglo-Saxon Abbot that few have ever heard much about.  His connection to Boston, however, means that his name is not altogether forgotten!

St. Botulph was the first abbot in Lincolnshire and was a man of great holiness of life, who died in 655AD.  Here is a bit more about this obscure saint:

A town was named for him in Lincolnshire, England, orginally called Botulph's Town, then Botulphstown, which became, simply, Boston.  Thus, Boston, Massachusetts is at least indirectly named for a 7th century abbot.

While you are pondering Boston, MA, perhaps you might take a look at the old State House that was the heart of colonial Boston:

File:Old State House Boston Massachusetts2.jpg

Live well!

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