Bugga (or Bucga)

Bugga (Or Bucga)

is the name of two English saints.

1. A nun, daughter of the abbess Duanna, to whom Oshere gave lands on the river Tillath to found a motastery. She appears to have been married, and had a daughter, Hrotwari, who succeeded to the monastery by her grandmother's gift, under her mother's guardianship. Bugga refused to surrender the monastery when Hrotwari became of age, and was only dislodged by decree of a council in 736 (or 737). See Haddan and Stubbs, iii, 337.

2. Called also Eadburga (or Heaburga), the third abbess of Minster, in Thanet, who appears to have been a daughter of an abbess, Eangyth. She is recorded to have rebuilt the monastery of St. Mildred, but she is best known from the letters of Boniface. Between 719 and 722 her mother writes to Boniface stating that she had been prevented from making a pilgrimage to Rome by the infancy of her daughter. A little later Bugga herself writes to him; and in another letter, of much later date, Boniface addresses her as abbess, and congratulates her on having found a resting- place in Rome, whither she seems to have gone after she entered upon her abbacy. Finally, archbishop Bregwin, writing to Lullus (between 759 and 765), mentions that Bugga died Dec. 27. Elmham (ed. Hardwick, p. 220) dates her death in 751, but this seems too early.

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