St Magnus

(c. 1075—1117) patron saint of Orkney

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1 Martyr. The supposed existence of a saint of this name occurring in the Roman martyrology for 19 Aug. seems to have been due to a blunder.

2 of Füssen (d. c.770), Apostle of the Allgäu, Bavaria. His mission was centred on Füssen, where he began to exploit the deposits of iron. Feast day, 6 Sept.

3 (d. 1116), son of Earl Erlin, ruler of the Orkneys. He was captured by the Norwegian king, escaped to Scotland, and later returned to the Orkneys, where he shared the government with his cousin, who treacherously killed him. Feast day, 16 Apr.

Subjects: Christianity.

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