Swithin

swithun) (d.862. Bishop of Winchester. Probably a secular clerk, he advised Egbert, king of Wessex, and taught his son Ethelwulf. Consecrated bishop on Ethelwulf's succession, he became one of his chief counselors. By his own wish his body was buried outside the cathedral's north wall. It was moved inside in 971, giving rise to the legend connecting forty days' rain with St. Swithin's Day (15 July). It was moved again in 1093. He was canonized by popular tradition, and his shrine was destroyed by Henry VIII.