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The remains of a medieval Saxifragian (or Fidgettine) convent are located within forty miles of Retching-under-Tweed, England ("Saint Fidgeta: Her Life and Amazing Times"; The Critic, 49).

Inspiration

Bellairs uses the term as if it is another religious order, though it was changed to the better-known, and better-understood, Ursuline order when the story was published in book form.

Saxifraga is the largest genus in the family Saxifragaceae, containing about 440 species of holarctic perennial plants, known as saxifrages or rockfoils.  The term is used in the book The Song of Bernadette (1941) about Saint Bernadette Soubirous, who reported 18 visions of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France, in early 1851.  According to the book, Soubirous was encouraged to "eat plants" in response to a request from the vision near the site where Soubirous was about to dig for the Lourdes Spring[1].

Reference

  1. Wikipedia: Saxifraga