Hac sunt in fossa Bedae Venerabilis ossa.
THOUGH Durham dates from the tenth century, yet it is necessary, to understand the growth of its power, to go back to the seventh century.
The exact date of the birth of St. Cuthbert is unknown. As a youth he was admitted into Melrose Abbey, where in the course of fourteen years he became monk and prior. From there he passed another fourteen years in the Convent of Lindisfarne, after which he retired to Farne for nine years. At the end of this period he was persuaded, most unwillingly, by Egrid, King of Northumbria, to become Bishop of Lindisfarne, a See in Bernicia, as Durham County was then called.
But after two years' office he retired to Farne. There died St. Cuthbert on March 20, A. D. 687, in the thirty-ninth year of his monastic life, still