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Duthac

(d. 1065)


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(d. 1065),

bishop. Of Scottish origin, Duthac studied for some years in Ireland; on his return he was consecrated bishop. He worked mainly in Ross. He died on 8 March and was buried at Tayne. After seven years his body was found to be incorrupt and was translated to a more splendid shrine. William Worcestre describes him as ‘the saint reckoned to be most venerated in the land of Ross’. Some of his miracle stories are picturesque. A guest at a party, who drank too much and had a headache, sent some pork to Duthac asking to be cured. His disciple left it on a grave with a gold ring while he prayed. A kite stole them both, but Duthac conjured back the kite, returned the ring, but let the kite eat the pork. There are dedications at Arbroath, Kilduich, and Kilduthie; his shrine was visited by King James IV and many others. Feast: 8 March.

William Worcestre, p. 7;K.S.S., pp. 328–9;B.T.A., i. 526.

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