Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Thillo, Recluse

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[Called in France Theau, in Flanders Tilloine, or Tilman.] He was by birth a Saxon, and being made captive, was carried into the Low Countries, where he was ransomed and baptized by Saint Eligius. That apostolical man sent him to his abbey of Solignac, in Limousin. Saint Thillo was called thence by Saint Eligius, ordained priest, and employed by him some time at Tournay, and in other parts of the Low Countries. The inhabitants of the country of Isengihen, near Courtray, regarded him as their apostle. Some years after the death of Saint Eligius, Saint Thillo returned to Solignac, and lived a recluse near that abbey, in simplicity, devotion, and austerities, imitating the Antonies and Macariuses. He died in his solitude, about the year 702, of his age ninety-four, and was honoured with miracles. His name is famous in the French and Belgic calendars, though it occurs not in the Roman. Saint Owen, in his life of Saint Eligius, names Thillo first among the seven disciples of that saint, who worked with him at his trade of goldsmith, and imitated him in all his religious exercises, before that holy man was engaged in the ministry of the church. Many churches in Flanders, Auvergne, Limousin, and other places, are dedicated to God, under his invocation. The anonymous life of Saint Thillo, in Bollandus, is not altogether authentic; the history which Mabillon gives of him from the Breviary of Solignac, is of more authority.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Thillo, Recluse”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. Saints.SQPN.com. 7 January 2013. Web. 1 October 2014. <>