My stylised drawing of Saint Cuthbert shows him with Inner Farne in the background. My coloured pencil depiction of Cuthbert is based upon a 12th Century painting in Durham Cathedral.
St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (c. 634 – 20th March 687) was an Anglo-Saxon monk and bishop in the Kingdom of Northumbria.
He settled on Inner Farne, one of the Farne Islands, south of Lindisfarne, and gave himself more and more to austerities. At first he would receive visitors and wash their feet, but later he confined himself to his cell and opened the window only to give his blessing.
While on the Farne Islands, he instituted special laws to protect the Eider ducks and other seabirds nesting on the islands; these may have been the first bird protection laws anywhere in the world. Consequently, eider ducks are often called cuddy ducks (Cuthbert’s ducks) in modern Northumbrian dialects.