Kyneburga, Kyneswide and patron saint of falconers – Tibba

Kyneburga, Kyneswide and Tibba were female members of the royal family in 7th century England who were venerated as saints.
Kyneburga was sometimes written as Kinborough and Cyneswide were sisters.  They were the daughter of King Penda of Mercia,  Kenyburga was the oldest daughter of Penda. Her father opposed Christianity, even though she and all her siblings converted. Penda tolerated the preaching of Christianity in Mercia itself, despite his own beliefs.  King Penda didn’t obstruct the preaching of the word among his people if any were willing to hear it.  However, he hated and despised those whom he perceived not to perform the works of faith when they had once received the faith, saying, They were contemptible and wretched who did not obey their God, in whom they believed.

Kyneburga married Alhfrith of Deira, of Northumbria He later founded an abbey for both monks and nuns in Castor.  Kyneburga became the first abbess and was later joined by Kyneswide and Tibba. Kyneswide succeeded Kyneburga as abbess and she was later succeeded by Tibba. She was buried in her church, but the remains of Kyneburga and Kyneswid

Kyneburga had been one of the signatories, together with her brother Wulfhere, of the founding charter of Burh Abbey, dated 664. She, her sister Kyneswide and their cousin Tibba, were buried together at the abbey they helped found in Peterboro.


Tibba, patron saint of falconers, is believed to have lived at Ryhall, Rutland, in the 7th century. She was buried at  Peterborough Abbey.