The Eve of St Eligius
who WAS Saint Eligius?
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Eligius was a relatively minor saint who was born in the late sixth century (588-660), in Aquitaine, now modern France - he is known by the name of ELOI in that country. He was originally a goldsmith, and became the patron saint of goldsmiths.
He is also the patron saint of goldsmiths, metalworkers, coin collectors, and veterinarians. Later, he became (after carrying out a miraculous cure of one's foreleg,) the patron saint of horses. Now the patron saint of a corps of the British Army, REME. Today, he is probably best remembered for this, and for the TV series 'St Elsewhere' - set in the fictional hosptal of St Eligius. He is though, still revered as a saint in Flanders.