ST. MILGITHE, V.
THUS Dom Menard writes the name of this saint, who
by Capgrave is called Mildgyda, by Josselin, Milvida, and by Thomas
of Ely, in a fragment of the life of St. Andry, quoted by Mabillon,
Milgrida. Wilson testifies that her feast is mentioned on this day,
in an ancient MS. English Martyrology; though Menard places it on the
26th of February. Her father, Merowald, was son of Penda, and brother
of Peoda, Wulfher, and Ethelred, kings of Mercia. Her mother,
Domneva, was daughter of Ermenred, who was brother to Erconbert, king
of Kent, father of St. Ercongata, who died a nun at Farmoutier, in
France, under the discipline of St. Aubierge, her aunt. Her brother
Meresin died young, in the odor of sanctity. Her elder sisters, SS.
Mildred and Milburge, are very famous in the English calendars. St.
Milgithe imitated their illustrious example, and contemning the
fading pleasures and delights of the world, retired into the
monastery of Estrey, built by Egbert, king of Kent, not far from
Canterbury, and having served God in the heroic practice of all
Christian virtues, died happily about the close of the seventh
century. See Menard in Martyrol. Bened. Wilson’s English
Martyr. Capgrave and Bolland. t. 2, p. 176.