St Romanus

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There is a note on the name, and Latin adjective, Romanus at Romanus. This article mentions a few of the people called Romanus who have been canonized, and the Hull trawler which was named after one of them.

      • St Romanus Ostiarius who was baptized by St Laurence; later martyred in the Valerian persecution of 258 CE;
      • St Romanus of Caesarea (where he grew up) or of Antioch where he was martyred in 303 or 304, in the Diocletian persecution;
      • Various martyrs are recorded as Romanus in the many group martyrdoms during the persecutions; these may simply be distinguishing adjectives, 'citizens of Rome'. "No further particulars are known of any of them" (Catholic Encyclopedia|[[1]]);
      • Saint Romanus of Blaye, or of le Mans, was "a holy priest" in the district of Blaye, in the current Gironde Department of France, at the end of the fourth century (d.385);
      • St Romanus of Condat (c.400-463 or 464), Abbot of Condat (now St. Claude) in the Jura Department of France, and founder of several monasteries;
      • St Romanus of Subiaco in Italy, a disciple of Saint Benedict in the 6th century; d. c. 550 at the monastery he founded at Dries-Fontrouge in Gaul;
      • St Romanus of Rouen was consecrated Bishop of Rouen, and is said to have eliminated idolatry from his diocese. He was Grand Chancellor and Référendaire of France, 618-628. There is a legend of him defeating the Gargouille.
      • St Romanus of Nepi, an early martyr.
      • St Romanos/-us the Melodist or the Singer, born a Jew in Syria in the 6th century who became a priest of the Eastern Orthodox Church. He was a poor reader and singer until the Theotokos gave him the gift of fluent speech and powerful composition in music. (For a similar legend, see Caedmon.)

AWE has not been able to establish which of these saints was meant in the naming of the Hull trawler St Romanus, which was one of the three trawlers lost in 1968, called in media terms the triple trawler tragedy.. The vessel was owned by Thomas Hamling and Co. Ltd., who named their vessels "after little-known saints" ( Thompson, 1987). Any of the above would qualify, but it is usually assumed that it was the Bishop of Rouen.