ST. MAW, C.
THIS name in the Cornish language signifies a
boy.1 He was a native of Ireland, and came young into Cornwall that
he might live to God alone in the closest solitude, in the practice
of the most austere penance and the exercises of divine prayer. His
hermitage was on the sea-coast, near the spacious harbor of Falmouth.
The place is still called St. Mawes, in Latin S. Mauditi Castrum,
where a church, and in the churchyard a chair of solid stone and a
miraculous or holy well still bear his name. See Leland’s
Itiner., vol. ix., p. 79; vol. iii., fol. 13, alias 19, where he
writes that this saint had been a bishop in Britain, and was painted
as a schoolmaster.2