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St. Merwinna, Abbess of Romsey, Hampshire, England


Commemorated on February 10

St. Merewenna, of noble Irish birth, was the first abbess of the Romsey Convent in Hampshire, England, after its restoration under King Edward the Peaceful in 967. Under her direction, the monastery prospered and attracted royalty, including the princess, St. Elfleda.

St. Merewenna was succeeded by Abbess Elwina in the year 993. Shortly afterwards, Hampshire was overrun by Danes and the nuns took refuge at Winchester.

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