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St. Alburga
(Died AD 810)

Abbess of Wilton
Died: 25th December AD 810


Alburga was half-sister of King Egbert of England and wife of Wolstan, the famous Ealdorman of Wiltshire, who repaired an old church at Wilton and placed secular priests there. On his death, in AD 800 his widow obtained leave, from her brother the King, to make it a nunnery for twelve virgins and a prioress. Alburga is therefore considered the foundress of the monastery, where she died on Christmas Day AD 810.

Edited from Agnes Dunbar's "A Dictionary of Saintly Women" (1904).

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