From Manx Soc vol IV,VII & IX

APPENDIX F. [Hamond/Wimund]

Much confusion exists as to this bishop. In the chronicle his patronymic is distinctly stated to be Hamond, the son of Jole, a Manxman ; and he must either have been antecedent to, or cotemporaneous with Olave the First. By some singular mistake he has been confounded with a certain curious character called Wimund, said by Matthew Paris to have been a Monk of Sais in Normandy. This extraordinary personage, who was a sword bshop in the real acceptation of the term, carried on such a vigorous crusade against Scotland, whose crown he claimed, that he was the terror of his age ; embodying in himself the threefold exhibition of a bishop, a warrior, and a freebooter. At last he was taken, says Parvus, in his Histories Reruns Anglicanum, castrated, and deprived of his sight —not for the love of heaven, he naively informs us, but for the sake of the kingdom of Scotland, whose peace he sorely disturbed — " Comprehensum vexerunt utrumque illi oculum quia uterque nequam erat, eruerunt, causamque verulent germinis amputantes, eum pro pace regni Scottorum, non propter regnumcmlorum castraverunt."

How a peaceful Manx bishop could have been confounded with such a character as Wimund is difficult to conceive ; and still more strange is it, that Drake, Willis, and others should have fallen into the same error. They must have known that had such a bishop really existed, he would have been mentioned by historians of the age, and largely commented upon for his atrocities.


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