Saint Dunstan
(Patron Saint of Armorers and Gunsmiths)

St. Dunstan (23k jpg)

Dunstan was born 909 in  Baltonsborough, Glastonbury, England to a family with royal connections. He became a monk in 943 and hermit and served as advisor to King Edwy until he reproached the king on his profligate sexual ways - which caused the Dunstan to be exiled. In 957, under a new king (Edgar) he became the Bishop of Worcester, and eventually became the Archbishop of Canterbury.  He was responsible for reforming church life in 10th century England. He was said to have been an expert craftsman and an expert goldsmith and metal-worker (which in those days was synonymous with arms making) and thus he came to be known as the patron saint of armorers.

His Feast Day is May 19.

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