Bridget, Or Bride, Saint, patroness of Ireland, born at Fochard, county Armagh, about the end of the 5th or the beginning of the 6th century. She withdrew from the world in early youth, received the habit of a nun at the hands of St. Mel, nephew and disciple of St. Patrick, and built herself a cell under a large oak, calling it Kill-dara, or Kildare, the cell of the oak. She was soon followed by other virgins from the surrounding country, and in a short time found herself at the head of a flourishing order, which extended into different parts of Ireland, and even passed into England, Scotland, Germany, and France. It subsisted for many centuries, but is now extinct. Several biographies of this saint have been written, but they contain little more than a recital of her miracles. It is related that her body was discovered in 1185, at Down-Patrick, and was there kept until the destruction of its shrine by Henry VIII. The head is Said to be still preserved in the Jesuits' church at Lisbon. Her feast falls on Feb. 1.