Botolph, monk, 680
17 June

Botulf was born of noble parents in the early seventh century. He was sent with his brother Adulf to Germany where they became Benedictine monks. According to legend, Adulf became bishop of Utrecht, but his name does not appear in the succession lists of the see. Botulf returned to England and obtained from Æthelmund (an otherwise unknown king of the South Angles), or perhaps from Anna (the father of Etheldreda) the site for a monastery. This was at Icanhoh, which is thought to be the town now know as Iken, in Suffolk. He is said to have died in 680. His relics were distributed by Æthelwold, Bishop of Winchester, amongst the monasteries of Ely, Westminster and Thorney. More than 60 churches in England, chiefly in East Anglia, are dedicated to him, though the best known is perhaps at Boston — Botulf’s town — in Lincolnshire, and there are five churches bearing this dedication in the diocese of Ely.

If celebrated as a Lesser Festival, Common of Religious, EH page 494

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