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Ultan of Ardbraccan

(d. 657)


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(d. 657).

A learned man, who founded a school, educated and fed poor students, illuminated manuscripts, collected the writings of Brigid, and wrote a Life of her, is also said to have been bishop and apostle of the Desi of Meath. No Life of Ultan has survived, but there is a long notice in the Martyrology of Oengus and a poem in his praise. Feast: 4 September.

E. Dummler, Poetae Latini medii aevi, i. 589; B.T.A., iii. 485–6.

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