Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Etheldreda, St. (630-679), was a daughter of a king of the East English. She was twicemarried, the second time to Oswy of Northumbria; but the married state was distasteful to her, and she took refuge from it, first with her aunt Ebba, at St. Abb's Head, and then in the Isle of Ely, where she founded an abbey, now the cathedral. Her feast day is the 17th of October, and she has the credit of giving the word "tawdry" to the English language.