Saint Dunstan, archbishop of Canterbury (A.D. 960-980), was famed for the many stories told about his cunning in dealing with the Devil. He is the patron saint of goldsmiths, and was himself a blacksmith, painter, and jeweller. He is referred to throughout English literature, for example in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and this folk rhyme:
St Dunstan, as the story goes, Once pull’d the devil by the nose With red-hot tongs, which made him roar, That he was heard three miles or more.
His day is May 19