St. Justin
(Born c.AD 484)
(Welsh: Iestyn; Latin: Justanus; English: Justin)

Prince Justin of Dumnonia was King Cado's younger brother. He entered the church and was reverered as a holy man. He was usually known as St. Just and founded churches at St. Just-in-Penwith and St. Just-in-Roseland. Whilst living in his western most retreat, he is said to have engaged in an ongoing feud with his neighbour, St. Senan. They would throw rocks at each other from their little hermitages. On one occasion the rocks collided in mid-air near Bosavern and fell to the ground, fused together. His unenviable reputation did not end there. On another occasion he visited St. Keverne on the Lizard Peninsula, and after a hearty meal, left in rather a hurry. His friend soon discovered the reason when he found his favourite chalice missing. Keverne chased after Just, collecting gabro boulders from Crousa Down as he went. Soon St. Just was in sight and Keverne began to throw the great rocks at his fellow saint. Deep in religious meditation, St. Just did not notice until the third boulder nearly hit him. He dropped the chalice where he stood and had to make his get away empty handed. For centuries the three stones stood by the side of the road between Breage and Germoe in a field called Tremen Keverne or "Keverne's three stones". They were eventually broken up for roadstone at the turn of the century. Venton East is named after St. Just (East = ai-est = Just) and here can be found St. Just's well. Priest Cove was once Por east (St. Just's Cove).

Records of St. Justin date back to the 10th century. He could well be historic.


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