Eosterwine (or Easterwine) (650 – 7 March 686) was the second Anglo-Saxon Abbot of Wearmouth in Northumbria (England). [1]

Descended from the noblest stock of Northumbria, as a young man he led the life of a soldier in the army of King Egfrid, the son of Oswy.[2]

When Eosterwine was twenty-four years old, he gave up the soldier's profession to become a monk in the monastery of Wearmouth, which was ruled by his cousin, Benedict Biscop. Here he followed the regular observance, taking his full share in the menial tasks. He was ordained priest in the year 679, and in 682 St. Benedict appointed him abbot of Wearmouth as coadjutor to himself.[3]

As superior "when he was compelled to reprove a fault, it was done with such tender sadness that the culprit felt himself incapable of any new offence which should bring a cloud over the benign brightness of that beloved face". In the year 686 a deadly pestilence overspread the country; it attacked the community at Wearmouth and the youthful abbot was one of its victims. He bade farewell to all, the day before he died on March 7, 686 at the age of 36 while the community was at Matins.[3] He was subsequently revered as a saint. Saint Benedict was absent in Rome at the time of his death and Sigfried was chosen by the monks as his successor. Eosterwine is not known to have been the author of any works.

His feast day is 7 March.[4]


  1. ^ Hunter-Blair, Oswald. "Wearmouth Abbey." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 15. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 8 December 2021   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ Baedae Opera Historica, (C. Plummer, ed.), (1956), i. 364–404; ii. 355–77
  3. ^ a b "Eosterwine", The Oxford Dictionary of Saints 5th rev ed. (David Farmer, ed.) OUP, 2011, ISBN 9780199596607
  4. ^ Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Wearmouth Abbey". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

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