(also Swithun /-ðən/)
Definition of Swithin, St
- (d.862), English ecclesiastic. He was bishop of Winchester from 852. The tradition that if it rains on St Swithin’s day it will do so for the next forty days may have its origin in the heavy rain said to have occurred when his relics were to be transferred to a shrine in Winchester cathedral. Feast day, 15 July.