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Other saints of this name include:(a) A bishop who died in Brittany after working in Cornwall; he is buried at Locronan. Feast: 1 June.(b) A Scottish bishop of Kilmaronen in Lennox, implausibly identified with the Irish monk mentioned by Bede as the defender of Roman calculation of Easter at the Synod of Whitby. St Ronan's Well at Innerleithen (Peeblesshire) was popularized by Sir Walter Scott's novel of that name. According to tradition, the saint came to the valley and drove out the Devil and this is commemorated at the end of ‘St Ronan's Games’, a week of festivities held every July, which comes to a climax when a schoolboy chosen to represent St Ronan is given a pastoral Staff to ‘cleek the Devil’. Feast: 7 February.(c) A bishop, whose feast was kept at Canterbury on 19 November, and of whom the monastery possessed an arm relic. His identity is obscure, but he may be Romanus, deacon, and exorcist of Caesarea, whose feast is kept on 18 November.

(a) A bishop who died in Brittany after working in Cornwall; he is buried at Locronan. Feast: 1 June.

(b) A Scottish bishop of Kilmaronen in Lennox, implausibly identified with the Irish monk mentioned by Bede as the defender of Roman calculation of Easter at the Synod of Whitby. St Ronan's Well at Innerleithen (Peeblesshire) was popularized by Sir Walter Scott's novel of that name. According to tradition, the saint came to the valley and drove out the Devil and this is commemorated at the end of ‘St Ronan's Games’, a week of festivities held every July, which comes to a climax when a schoolboy chosen to represent St Ronan is given a pastoral Staff to ‘cleek the Devil’. Feast: 7 February.

(c) A bishop, whose feast was kept at Canterbury on 19 November, and of whom the monastery possessed an arm relic. His identity is obscure, but he may be Romanus, deacon, and exorcist of Caesarea, whose feast is kept on 18 November.

K.S.S., pp. 441–2; Baring-Gould and Fisher, iv. 120–5; E.B.K. after 1100, i. 67.

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