(born 634/635, probably Northumbria, Eng.—died March 20, 687, islet of Inner Farne, or House, off Northumbria; feast day March 20) English saint. A shepherd, Cuthbert entered the Northumbrian monastery of Melrose in 651 after receiving a divine vision. When plague struck 10 years later, he aided the afflicted, reportedly performing miracles. In 664 he became prior of Lindisfarne, where he instituted a severe rule. In 676 he retired to Inner Farne, where he devoted himself to prayer. His efforts to protect birds made him one of the earliest wildlife conservationists.
Learn more about Cuthbert, Saint with a free trial on Britannica.com.
Businesses and organizations: