(St.). Patron saint of archers, because he was bound to
a tree and shot at with arrows. As the arrows stuck in his body, thick
as pins in a pin-cushion, he was also made patron saint of
pin-makers. And as he was a centurion, he is patron saint of soldiers.
The English St. Sebastian.
St. Edmund, the martyr-king of East Anglia. He gave himself up to
his enemies under the hope of saving his people by this sacrifice. The
Danes first scourged him with rods, and then, binding him to a tree,
shot arrows at him, and finally cut off his head. A legend tells how a
wolf guarded the head till it was duly interred. The monastery and
cathedral of St. Edmundsbury were erected on the place of his
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894