|Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Tostigs.|
Thus naming the poor kid Tostig in Northumberland is is kind of like an Iraqi family living in Kuwait naming their kid Saddam. It is small wonder that as soon as he was old enough, little Tostig changed his name to William. Good choice, Bill. That's the way to curry favor with your Norman overlords.
|Saint Cuthbert's Chapel -- Inner Farne Island|
|Pet bird: puffin?|
|Pet bird: Guillemot?|
|Pet bird: Arctic tern?|
Bartholomew lived for forty-two years on Farne. He welcomed visitors and enjoyed showing off his pet bird. He enjoyed fishing and always set a generous table for his guests. However, he was still difficult to get along with. If wealthy or privileged people visited, he gave them a ration about their money. When a woman who had been a childhood friend visited, he told her women were not allowed in the chapel. She tried to go in anyway and got knocked out (out the door and unconscious) by a whirlwind. A monk named Thomas moved to Inner Farne, and they quarreled so often that Bartholomew actually moved back to Durham. The Bishop, however, told him to grow up and go back to his cell, which is where he spent the remaining years of his life.