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(6th century),

bishop. Of Irish origin, he came to Iona with Columba, evangelized Mull and, later, the Picts around Aberdeen. For this reason he is often described anachronistically as first bishop of the see of Aberdeen. His Legend, however, in the Aberdeen breviary makes him ‘Archbishop of Tours’, appointed by Gregory the Great for the last few years of his life. This story deserves no credence. Water from his well was used for baptism in Aberdeen cathedral. A few dedications survive from this area. Feast: 12 November.

K.S.S., pp. 393–4;C. Horstmann, Altenglische Legende (1881).

Subjects: Christianity.


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