St Eata was one of the first disciples under St Aidan and was selected for the new foundation of Melrose and later became abbot. He left there to make a new foundation at Ripon in Yorkshire taking Cuthbert. He was expelled by the king in order to put Wilfred in his place. Afterwards he moved from Melrose to become bishop of Lindisfarne from 678 of which he was the first native bishop. Later, when St Cuthbert was made bishop of Hexham the two saints swopped sees and Eata remained at Hexham till his death.
Saint Eata Bishop
Reposed 686 Remembered August 31