Saint Piran is one of the Patrons of Cornwall alongside St.Petroc and St. Michael the Archangel. Born in Cornwall c. 5th Century A.D., St.Piran was a contemporary of St. Patrick (March 17/30) and likewise preached the Gospel of Christ to the Irish. An account called The Life of St. Piran tells of the Saint’s mission to convert theIrish, his sufferings in confessing the Faith of Christ, and the many miracles he performed.
The Lord granted Piran the knowledge of the day of his death, and drew him back to his native Cornwall. There the Saint reposed and was buried.The Cornish celebrate St. Piran’s Day with much festivity and esteem for their beloved patron saint even to the present. Saint Piran’s Cross is white on a black field. These colours alluded to the black ore and the white metal of tin traditionally mined in Cornwall.
St. Piran is commemorated on March 5/18.