(3 syl.). The wicked mother of Alla, King of Northumberland.
Hating Cunstance because she was a Christian, she put her on a raft
with her infant son, and turned her adrift. When Alla returned from
Scotland and discovered this cruelty of his mother, he put her to
The tradition of St. Mungo resembles the Man of Lawes Tale in many respects.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894