A CALENDAR OF SAINTS
AUGUST 4th St. Uniac (also Ugnac, Unieg), a Breton monk. I include him because there is an Irish surname, Uniack, which, admittedly, has been explained otherwise.
11th St. Alexander of Comana
13th Bl. William Freeman, priest, of Howdenshire
15th St. Napoleon of Alexandria, d.c.300.
Really St. Neapolus, martyr. This day is Napoleon’s birthday,
b.Aug.15th 1769. Neapolus was added to the calendar of saints
by Pope Pius vii on the signing of the concordat with Napoleon.
“Saint Napoleon ought to be very much obliged to me and do everything in his
power for me in the world to come. Poor fellow, nobody knew him before.”
(Napoleon to Barry O’Meara)
17th St. James, deacon of York, c.650
(Probably of Italian origin, according to David Hugh Farmer)
21st Bl. Patrick de Patrizi, d.c.1348
22nd St. Alexander, martyr (with Epimachus) of Alexandria, d.c.250
(D.H.Farmer, Oxford Dictionary of Saints, but cf. Dec 12th, and Butler’s Lives)
Bl. William Lacy, priest, martyred 1582. Apparently born at Horton, nr. Settle,
W.R. Yorks.. Was in Hull gaol, 1570s. I’m sure that there was a priest called
William Lacy, a Beverley man, operating at the same time.
23rd St. Eoghan (Easpog Eoghan), Bishop of Ardstraw, d.618.
This may be the source of the name Gillespie (Giolla Easpuig)
26th St. Alexander of Bergamo, d.297
27th (or 26th?) Bl. Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland, executed 1572,
for his part in the Northern Earls’ Rebellion. Beatified 1896
28th St. Alexander of Contantinople, d.340