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Saint or saints who have been associated with place-names in Shetland and elsewhere in Scotland. Bathan, one of the addressees of a letter of Pope John IV (640) on the Easter question and the danger of Pelagianism, and described as a bishop, may well have been abbot of Bangor. A Bothanus, bishop of Dunblane, was commemorated on 18 January. Parishes of St Bathan are found in Berwickshire and East Lothian; parishes of Bowden, Bothwell, and Ballebodan are more or less plausibly associated with a saint of this name.

K.S.S., pp. 265–6.

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