Saint Piran was an early 6th century Cornish Abbot and saint, supposedly of Irish origin. He is the patron saint of tin-miners, as well as of Cornwall … although Saint Michael and Saint Petroc also have claim to this title …
|St Piran c 6th century|
The Irish, in their wisdom, decided St Piran was not for them … tied him to a mill-stone ... rolled it over the edge of a cliff into a stormy sea ...
|Yes - it's a weather map ... but|
it shows Ireland in relation
to Cornwall's peninsula
... which immediately became calm ... and the saint floated safely across the Bristol Channel to land upon the sandy beach of Perranzabuloe … near to Perranporth and Newquay.
|St Piran's Cross in the sand dunes|
… his first disciples are said to have been a badger, a fox and a bear … before he was joined by other Christian converts, who together founded the Abbey of Lanpiran.
Saint Piran’s flag is used as the symbol of Cornwall … and came about as St Piran ‘rediscovered’ tin-smelting (tin had been smelted in Cornwall before the Romans’ arrival, but the methods had been lost) …
|Droplet of smelted tin|
… at his hearthstone … the stone with the tin-bearing ore started to melt which formed a silver-white cross within the heated slab stone … St Piran’s flag.
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I expect St Piran was guarded by Pixies … the mythical creatures of folklore … they are believed to inhabit ancient underground ancestor sites such as stone circles, barrows, dolmens, ringforts and menhirs ... see my N Neolithic post ..
|Pixies playing on the skeleton of a cow -|
drawn by John D Batten c 1894 (c/o Wikipedia)
There are any number of names for these legendary creatures … Pixies are generally benign, mischievous, short of stature and attractively childlike … they are fond of dancing and gather together to dance through the night.
|The Cornish Flag|
That is P for Saint Piran who landed at Perranzabuloe, near Perranporth, and became the Patron Saint of Cornwall and of tin-miners, guarded by the Pesky Pixie clan … from Aspects of British Cornish ...
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