bishop. Traditionally an abbot who helped educate Fiacre, Conan seems to have become a bishop and to have lived and worked in the Hebrides and the Isle of Man where various places bear his name. Anachronistically he is sometimes called first bishop of Sodor, but this term is a Viking one denoting ‘southern islands’ as distinct from the Shetlands and Orkneys which were ‘northern islands’. Feast: 26 January.
R.S.S., pp. 307–8;O. Kolsrud, ‘The Celtic Bishops in the Isle of Man’, Z.C.P., ix (1913), 357–79. B.L.S., i. 180–1.