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Donan (Donnan) and companions

David Farmer

in The Oxford Dictionary of Saints

Fifth edition

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596607
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191727764
Donan (Donnan) and companions

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(d. 618),

monks and martyrs. An Irish monk of Iona under *Columba, Donan founded a monastery at Eigg (Inner Hebrides). While the monks were celebrating Mass on Easter night, a gang of robbers (possibly Vikings) arrived on the island, herded the monks into the refectory, and set fire to it. Those who tried to escape were killed by the sword. One story placed responsibility on a woman who had lost her pasture rights on the island and instigated the attack to recover them. The Martyrology of Tallacht says that his companions numbered fifty-two. At least eleven Scottish churches bear his name, among them St Donan's (Uig), Kildonnan (S. Uist), Kildonan (Sutherland, Arran, and Eigg). Feast: ...

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Subjects: Christianity

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