Biteus abbot of Inis-cumscraigh (now Inch, County Down), commemorated July 22, was one of the 350 disciples of St. Patrick. It is said that when St. Patrick built a church at Elphin, he left there Assicus Biteus the son of Assicus, and Cipia the mother of bishop Biteus (Petrie, Round Towers of

Ireland, p. 202), Colgan (Tr. Thaum. p. 176, nn.) says that he was the son of Assicus only by spiritual birth or education, being really his brother's soli. Working with his uncle, Assicus, he made altars, square covers for the service-books, and square patens. One of these little shields was kept at Armagh, another at Elphin, and a third at St. Felart's Church, Domnachmor. He is often classed among the bishops assisting St. Patrick, and is said to have been buried at Rath-cunga. See also Lanigan, Eccles. History of Ireland, 1, 341, 343.

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