A Charmed Beginning
In the fourth century A.D., Britain, (called Albion by the ancients) had been part of the Roman Empire for more than three hundred years. The reach of the Romans was slow in coming, but by this time the native British people were not an oppressed people yearning for freedom and Patrick’s male elders would have taken pride in calling themselves Romanus.
In fact, Patrick was not born in Ireland, but in Britain, and was part of a wealthy family of respectable landowners. His grandfather was a priest, and his father, Calpornius was both a Christian deacon, an estate-owner, and a Roman Decurion, an important local magistrate.
Patrick spent his youth in either a house in town or at their villa in Bannaventa Berniae, which is not found on any map that survives today, but scholars believe it was on the west coast of Britain, near the sea. His two-story coastal home was most likely behind a wall with attached farm buildings, a courtyard, assorted farm animals and a building with sleeping quarters for the domestic and farm servants, all surrounded by green fields and grazing sheep.