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(8th century),

abbot. Traditionally an Irish chieftain, son of Kelly, prince of Leinster, whom he succeeded, Comgan was driven out by a coalition of neighbouring tribes, wounded in battle, and exiled to Scotland with his sister and her children, one of whom was Fillan. He settled in Lochalsh, near Skye, founded a small monastery, and lived devoutly for many years. Fillan buried Comgan's body in Iona and built a church in his honour. The place-names Kilchoan and Kilcongen are believed to record his memory, as do several church dedications in Scotland. Feast: 13 October.

AA.SS. Oct. VI (1794), 223–6, K.S.S., pp. 310–11;B.L.S., x. 85.

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