Fintan of Rheinau

(d. 879)

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(d. 879),

hermit. Born in Leinster, captured and enslaved by Vikings who took him to the Orkneys, Fintan escaped and was protected by an unnamed Scottish bishop. He made a pilgrimage to Rome; on his way back he joined a group of hermits on an island in the Rhine near Schaffhausen, where he spent the rest of his life. The Sacramentary of Zurich (Kantonsbibl. 30) of ‘Gelasian’ type, which contains a calendar with Irish saints, may have been his. His relics at Rheinau, enshrined in 1446, still survive. Feast: 15 November.

Early Life in M.G.H., Scriptores, xv. 503–6;L. Gougaud, Les Saints irlandais hors d'Irlande (1936), pp. 95–6; B.L.S., xi. 122–3; The Irish Saints, pp. 122–3.

Subjects: Christianity.

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