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6th century. Saint Gluvias may have been sent to Cornwall by his brother, Saint Cadoc of Llancarfan. There he laid the foundation for a monastery and a parish commemorates his name (Benedictines).

The church stands on the site of the hermitage of its patron, Gluvias, who belongs to that great tide of saints which swept down from Wales and overspilled into Brittany. He is the brother of S.Cadoc, which would make him the son of St.Woolos of Newport and St.Gladys, one of the daughters of Brychan. St.Petroc, the founder of Padstow and Bodmin, was uncle to Cadoc and Gluvias, and St.Keyne would have been their great aunt. St.Keyne gives her name to Keynsham between Bristol and Bath and to the parish in Cornwall between Looe and Liskeard.

These family connections are a feature of the Celtic saints, but of St.Gluvias himself we know little except that he chose this fertile valley for his retreat, famous for its flowers as well as its granite. His church looks down over Penryn, which lies at the side of Falmouth, and although it is probably older and more distinguished than its neighbour, it has not grown so large. It now has no church of its own, but once it was a famous place of learning, receiving scholars from Oxford to join the canons of its famous Glasney College, founded by Bishop Bronescombe. It had a great collegiate church, dedicated to St.Thomas of Canterbury, but there are few traces of the church and college buildings, which were once strongly walled.
Glasney College might have become a university if it had survived the sixteenth century, but during the middle ages it had a great influence on the life of the Church in Cornwall, and some of the miracle plays in Cornish, which were composed there, are extant. Among some of the manuscripts that have survived is a reference to St.Gluvias as a martyr, but there is no indication of the manner in which he glorified Our Lord by his death (Bowen, John, Mee).

The Saints of Cornwall - Catherine Rachel John.

The King's England - Cornwall - Arthur Mee.

The church of Saint Gluvias in Cornwall
Present structure dates from1883, with sections from earlier centuries.

Troparion of St Gluvias
Tone 2
O glorious Father Gluvias,
thou didst bring the light of Christ to Cornwall
while thy brother holy Cadoc enlightened Wales.
As thou dost intercede for all mankind,
pray to Christ our God to grant us His great mercy.

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