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dions arose such a Love and Harmony among them, that they are call'd but one. Monastery,

bury came to mistake, in saying they stood opposite one on each side the River Were.

The Time of his Birth, is, by most of those who have written his Life, plac'd in the Year of our Lord 677, but Mabillon, with more Reafon, has plac'd it sooner; for Bede finish'd his Ecclesiastical History, Anno 731, the fame Year Ber&twald, the Archbishop dy'd, as appears at the End of his Epitome, and soon after, in the same Place, he tells us, that from the Time of his taking Priest's Orders to his 58 Year of Age, hq had continu'd writing, & c. so that from that, if we look backward 58 Years, it will bring the Time of his Birth to the Year 673, four Years fooner than the Common Computation. This hapned in the fifteenth Year of the Reign of Ecgfrid, King of the Northumbrians,

His Parents we have no Account of, tho' Şimon Dunelm, from Turgot, tells us, they were of no great Character in the World, but whether they were or- no is not material, since they took care for the Education of their Son

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indeed two, one of them standing at Gyrwy,
on Lyppum, on the Banks of the River Tine,
their Founder, that they should follow the
Rules of the sonce great.Abbac Benedi&t; and
Alcuinus in his 49 Epto the Monks of Were
mouth, mentions the fame; from which Injun.

and Assurance, that as no Men of Sense, or
Learning will come into it, so it is not worth
time to disprove it, since bis own Words direct
us to the very Place, which was the Kingdom
of the Northumbrians, now Northumberland, and

that Province of it call’d Bernicia, not Deiraig which extends from Tees to Tweed, in which Province, had he been born, Scotland had as little right to claim the Honour of him, as to claim that Province; which (however, some of their Historians have attempted. In this obscure Corner of the World, then (to use Malmsbury's Words) this great Man was born, whence he extended his Learning to the whole. The Village which produc'd

him, tho' long since, even long before Turgot's Time, gain'd upon by the Sea, was in the Territories

of the Nonastery of St. Peter and St. Paul, which were below the Capra Caput, or Caetsheves of the Saxons, now Gates-head, (opposite to Newcaftle) and callid Farrow, which was dedicated to St. Paul, the other at Weremouth or Wiran mouth, icar the Mouth of the River Were therefore by Bedecall's, Ad Ostium Vieris, which River runs through the City of Dur bam, it was cat'd by the Saxons, Þipamud, and now Monsks veremouth, the Founder of them was one Benedikt, surnam'd. Biscop or and the Order they profess'd, that of the Bent: di&tines, as appears by the dying Words of

Bishop,

dions arose such a Love and Harmony among them, that they are call'd but one. Monastery, tho' plac'd at a great Distance; however Malmibury came to mistake, in saying they stood opposite one on each side the River Were.

The Time of his Birth, is, by most of those who have written his Life, plac'd in the Year of our Lord 677, but Mabillon, with more Reafon, has plac'd it sooner ; for Bede finish'd his Ecclesiastical History, Anno 131, the same Year Ber&twald, the Archbishop dy'd, as appears at the End of his Epitome, and soon after, in the same Place, he tells us, that from the Time of his taking Priest's Orders to his 58 Year of Age, he had continu'd writing, GC. so that from that, if we look backward 58 Years, it will bring the Time of his Birth to the Year 673, four Years fooner than the Common Computation. This hapned in the fifteenth Year of the Reign of Ecgfrid, King of the Northumbrians,

His Parents we have no Account of, tho? ' Şimon Dunelm, from Turgot, tells us, they were of no great Chara&ter in the World, but whether they were or - no is not material, since they took care for the Education of their Son in Learning and Piety, which they did by committing him yery early, even at "the feventh Year of his Age, to the Abbat Benedi&t or Biscop beforemention'd, to be brought up in his Monastery. This Biscop was a Man of'extraordinary Learning and singular Piety, ; he was a Man," tho' Noble by Birth, in

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