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(early 8th century),

bishop. An Irish bishop called ‘the Pict’ in his own country, Fergus was the apostle of substantial areas of Scotland, according to the Aberdeen Breviary, whose conclusions accord well with the evidence of dedications and place-names. Fergus founded three churches in Strogeth, then went to Caithness (where he presumably founded Wick and Halkirk), then to Buchan, where the place formerly called Lungley is now St Fergus and the churches of Inverugy, Banff, and Dyce may have been his. He died at Glamis, where a well and a cave both bear his name. Fergus may be identical with the Fergustus episcopus Scotiae Pictus who took part in the council of Rome in 721 which condemned irregular marriages of various kinds, sorcerers, and clerics who grew their hair long. Fergus's relics were kept at Glamis until an abbot of Scone in the time of James IV (1488–1513) removed the head while providing a more splendid marble tomb for the body. Aberdeen had an arm relic. Feast: 27 November.

K.S.S., pp. 336–8; D.C.B., ii. 505–6.

Subjects: Christianity.

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