Usage History (Ecclesiastical)
Other Forms FormsThenew, Thaney, Thanea, Taneu, Thenewe, Thennow, Denw, Denyw
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Meaning & History
Teneu is a legendary Christian saint who was venerated in medieval Glasgow, Scotland. Traditionally she was a sixth-century Brittonic princess of the ancient kingdom of Gododdin and the mother of Saint KENTIGERN, apostle to the Britons of Strathclyde and founder of the city of Glasgow. Saint Teneu has been described as "Scotland's first recorded rape victim, battered woman and unmarried mother". Her son was conceived when the Welsh prince OWAIN mab Urien raped her. Upon discovering her pregnancy, her angry father King Lleuddun sentenced her to death and she was hurled from Traprain Law. Miraculously she survived the fall; when discovered alive at the foot of the cliff, Teneu was set adrift in a coracle and travelled across the Firth of Forth to Culross, where she was given shelter at the community of Saint Serf.