Acca (or Accar)
Acca (Or Accar)
the fifth bishop of Hexham (A.D. 709-73'2), was a native of Northumbria, had his education under Bosa, bishop of York, and was taken under the patronage of Wilfrid, whom he accompanied to Rome in 704. Succeeding Wilfrid in the see of Hexham, he devoted himself to the completion of that prelate's designs respecting the cathedral, and to the maintenance of the religious education and art of the North on the Roman model. His skill in ecclesiastical music and architecture is mentioned by Bede with special praise. His greatest work was the library of Hexham, which he furnished with a great number of Lives of the Saints and other ecclesiastical books. In 732 Acca was driven from his see (according to Bede, 731; Simeon of Durham, 732) for reasons unknown. He died Oct. 20, 740, and was buried outside of the east end of the church at Hexham. His relics were translated in the 11th century, and again in 1154. He was commemorated in the calendar on Feb. 19. Bale and Pits mention several of his writings: De Vitis et Passionibus Sanctrm uororum Religuice in Ecclesia sua Recondebantur De Ecclesiasticis sui Chori Offius: — Carmina Varia: Epistolce ad Diversos. See Cave, Hist. Lit. 1, 619; Chalmers,. Biog. Dict. s.v.; Hook, Eccles. Biog. s, v.; Landon, Eccles. Dict. s.v.; Smith, Dict. of Christ. Biog. s.v.