The Legend of St Piran
Here we tell the legend of St Piran and his coming to Cornwall in word and video. St Piran is one of many Cornish saints and you can tell that by the number of towns and villages that are named after saints. During medieval times the 'Captain' of saints was St Petroc but St Piran has risen to prominence recently with an increased interest in Cornwall's unique heritage and acknowledged position as one of Britain's Celtic nations. St Piran is traditionally known as the patron saint of tin miners but as now better known as the pre-eminent saint of the Cornish triumvirate along with St Petroc, St Michael with St Piran representing Cornwall as its national saint during its National Day celebrations.
There are many versions of the legend of St Piran and his arrival in Cornwall. Here we have a 1922 Great Western Railway version brought out as a series of 'Old Tales' from area's served by the Great Western Railway.
Click on the picture to enlarge it to read and then to close and move to the next sheet click on the X in the top right which will bring you back to this page.
For a much more in depth and academic look at the story of St Piran please follow the link, by clicking on the book page. This was written by Canon Gilbert H Doble and compiled as part of a series of books entitled 'The Saints of Cornwall'.
The link will open in a new window as part of the reference section of Association for Cornish Heritage website.
Link temporarily removed whilst ACH website being updated and extended