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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An island off the coast of northeast England near the Scottish border. At low tide the island is connected with the mainland by a stretch of sand. Saint Aidan (died 651) established Celtic Christianity in England by founding a monastery here in 635. Danes destroyed the settlement in 793.


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  • The name Holy Island was given by Carileph's monks, to commemorate, they said, 'the sacred blood which had been shed by the Danes.'


  • St. Cuthbert was an abbot at Melrose before he removed to Lindisfarne, now called Holy Island, where he was appointed bishop of St. Peter's

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  • This island is now usually called Holy Island, a designation dating back to the eleventh century.

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  • 'Lindisfarne, an isle on the coast of Northumberland, was called Holy Island, from the sanctity of its ancient monastery, and from its having been the episcopal seat of the see of Durham during the early ages of British Christianity.


  • Nearer to home I have been puzzled by the forthcoming Cafod pilgrimage to Holy Island on June 13th.


  • J.ff J. Mitchell/Getty Images CROSSES TO BEAR: Pilgrims walked with crosses on their shoulders in the final leg of their journey to Holy Island in England Friday.

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  • It led to him joining the monastery at Melrose Abbey, and subsequently at Holy Island, where he went on to become Bishop of Lindisfarne, and, following his death, the inspiration behind the creation of the Lindisfarne Gospels by the monks who survived him.

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  • Something the size of Holy Island, off the coast of Northumberland, perhaps?

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  • Last year saw the fruition of his Holy Island project – when the retreat centre for world peace was finally opened.

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  • They said the old ladies in Tunbridge Wells, and the vicars on Holy Island would object, and while I was at it, would I change the Focke-Wolf to a Messerschmitt, what?

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