Holy Icon of All Saints of Ireland & British Isles





Holy Icon of All Saints of Ireland & British Isles

Saint Palladius 1st Bishop of Ireland & Scotland, from France (+450) – July 6





Saint Palladius 1st Bishop of Ireland & Scotland, 

from France (+450)

July 6

Saint Palladius was the first Bishop of the Christians of Ireland, preceding Saint Patrick.

The Palladii were thought to be amongst the most noble families of Gaul, and several of them held high ranks in the Church of Gaul. Saint Palladius was the son of Exuperantius of Poitiers.

Saint Palladius held the (higher) rank of Deacon of Rome.

Saint Palladius was married and had a young daughter. In Rome, he kissed his family goodbye in the manner of the Apostles, and lived as an ascetic in Sicily around 408-409, giving his daughter to a convent on that island. He seems to have been ordained as a priest around 415. He lived in Rome between 418–429, and appears to be the “Deacon Palladius”, responsible for urging Pope Celestine I to send the bishop Germanus to Britain, where he guided the Britons back to the Orthodox faith.


In 431, he have been sent as the first bishop to the Christians of Ireland: Palladius, having been ordained by Pope Celestine, is sent as first bishop to the Irish believing in Christ. Palladius landed at Hy-Garchon, where the town of Wicklow now stands.

Irish writers that chronicled the life of St. Patrick state that St. Palladius preached in Ireland before St. Patrick, although he was soon banished by the King of Leinster, and returned to North Britain. According to Muirchu (who lived two centuries later) in the Book of Armagh, God hindered him…and neither did those fierce and cruel men receive his doctrine readily, nor did he himself wish to spend time in a strange land, but returned to him who sent him. Palladius was accompanied by four companions: Sylvester and Solinus, who remained after him in Ireland, and Augustinus and Benedictus, who followed him to Britain but returned to their own country after his death. Palladius is most strongly associated with Leinster, particularly with Clonard, County Meath.


According to St. Prosper, Palladius arrived among the Scots in North Britain (in the consulate of Bassus and Antiochus) after he left Ireland in 431. Scottish church tradition holds that he presided over a Christian community there for about 20 years.


St Palladius’s Chapel

5th century shrine is among the earliest Christian sites in Scotland.

Fordoun was the site of a chapel founded by the 5th century saint, Palladius, who is said to have preached and died here.

The saint’s relics were preserved in a silver shrine with the chapel that he built at Fordoun.

The chapel – also known as Paldy Kirk – was the mother church for the Mearns region. The ruins of a 13th century chapel built on the site of the original 5th century building can still be seen beside the later church and there is still a well known as St Palladius’s Well in the grounds of the manse.

The ancient ruins were rebuilt in the 16th century and again in 1788. In 1828 the roof collapsed and the chapel was finally abandoned in favour of the new and much grander building we see today. Within the ruined 13th century building is a holy water stoup and an aumbry in the north wall. The three large lancets are a 17th century addition.

The most intriguing feature in the chapel ruins is not above ground however. Protected by a metal grate are stone steps leading down into the earth to a crypt unse the chapel floor.

One plausible theory is that the crypt was where the relics of St Palladius were held, and where pilgrims came to visit his shrine. King Kenneth III was one of those piulgrims; it is said that he was on his way to Fordoun when he died in 994 AD.

In the vestibule of the church is the Fordoun Stone, a beautifully carved Pictish cross slab. This was discovered in 1787 when the pulpit of the chapel was pulled down. The cross may have been hidden here during the Reformation. It shows a marvellously intricate cross and traditional pictish symbols, plus inscriptions in Ogham and a Roman script.

There are several interesting old gravestones near the chapel (some actually leaning agaimst the chapel wall). One stone to William Christison has a rather pointed reminder (literally); a finger points upwards to the heavens above, and a single word is carved – ‘Home’.

Palladius was the first Christian missionery in northern Scotland. He was ordained a priest by Pope Celestine in 430 AD, and is thought to have preached in Ireland before arriving in the Mearns area of Scotland. Presumably he found the natives less than receptive, for his martyrdom occurred not long after his arrival.

The chapel is accessible at any time.

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Святой Модан (St Modan) настоятель монастыря Дрибурх, отшельник, память (VI) – 4 февраля & 30 августа





монастырь Дрибурх (Dryburgh Abbey)



Святой Модан (VI)

настоятель монастыря Дрибурх, отшельник, память

4 февраля & 30 августа

Святой Модан (St Modan) был сыном вождя одного из племён Ирландии. Он стал монахом и в 522 году построил часовню в Дрибурхе (англ.) (Dryburgh), Шотландия, около которой впоследствии возник монастырь Дрибурх (англ.) (Dryburgh Abbey).

Он вёл активную проповедь от лица кельтской церкви в окрестностях Фолкерка и Стерлинга, а также вдоль Ферт-оф-Форта, покуда не был избран настоятелем, место которого он занял неохотно. Через несколько лет он оставил настоятельство и стал жить отшельником, поселившись около Дамбартона (Dumbarton), где и отошёл ко Господу. Его мощи почивают в храме св. Модана в Росните (англ.) (Rosneath).




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монастырь Дрибурх (Dryburgh Abbey)






Saint Nathalan (St Nachlan), Bishop of Tullich, Scotland (+678) – January 19




The ancient Cowie Church of St Nathalan in Scotland

7th century


Saint Nathalan / Nachlan

Bishop of Tullich, Scotland (+678)

January 19

Saint Nathalan or Nachlan (+678) is a saint who was active in the district now known as Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He is also known by the names Saint Nachlan and Saint Nauchlan.

Saint Nathalan was born in the village of Tullich, for which he was eventually appointed as bishop. The earliest church in Tullich was founded by Saint Nathalan in the 7th century. He also built churches at Bothelim and Colle. He was a nobleman who cultivated. He possessed a large estate, which he cultivated and distributed his harvest generously to the poor. He was one of the Apostles of that country.

Saint Nathalan is reputed to have built the first small chapel on the windswept clifftop at Cowie sometime during the 7th century.

One very rainy summer the great saint, in a moment’s weakness, cursed the rain which was hindering the harvest. In penitence for his great sin in cursing God’s creation, Saint Nathalan padlocked his right arm to his right leg, tossed the key into the River Dee and set off to walk to Rome to seek forgiveness. Upon reaching Rome he sat down to supper. However, when he cut open the fish laid before him he found the very key that he had thrown into the Dee many months previously. A pool in the river nearby is still known as “the key pool” for this reason.

Saint Nathalan died on 678.

Source: Wikipedia







Saint Donald of Ogilvy in Scotland (+716) & his daughters Saints Nine Maidens, Nuns in the Monastery of Abernethy in Scotland (+8th ce.) – Video of Abernethy







The village Abernethy in Scotland where the daughters of Saint Donald,

the Saints Nine Maidens were Nuns

in the Monastery of Saint Brigid that founded by Saint Darlugdach




Saint Donald of Ogilvy in Scotland (+716)

& his daughters Saints Nine Maidens,

Nuns in the Monastery of Abernethy in Scotland (+8th ce.)


We know the names of only three of the Saints Nine Maidens,

Saint Fincana (St Fink), St Fyndocha and St Mazota (St Maik

July 15


Valley of Stratchmore, Scotland



Saint Donald, a resident of Ogilvy in Valley of Stratchmore, Scotland, formed a religious group with his nine daughters (the “Nine Maidens”) on the death of his wife. They entered a monastery in Abernethy after his death.

The Nine Maidens, lived during the eighth century. We know the names of only three of the sisters, Saint Fincana (St Fink), Saint Findocha and Saint Mazota (St Mayota / Maik).

At the repose of St. Donald, King Garnard of the Picts granted them lodging and an oratory in a monastery founded by Ss. Darlugdach and Brigid in the Pictish capital of Abernathy. King Eugen VII of Scotland made frequent visits to them, presenting them with large gifts. At their repose, they were buried at the foot of a large oak; a shrine there was erected, known as the Abernethy Allon-bacuth.

An 11th century round tower, one of only two such towers known to exist in Scotland (the other is at Brechin). Such towers are common in Ireland, but rare in Britain. Abernethy Tower is 15 feet in diameter at the base, tapering towards the top some 72 feet above. The tower was built by the monks of nearby Abernethy monastery, and probably served multiple purposes, as a bell tower and a hiding place in times of trouble.

Abernethy (Scottish Gaelic: Obar Neithich) is a village in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, situated 8 mi (13 km) south-east of Perth. It has one of Scotland’s two surviving Irish-style round towers (the other is at Brechin, Angus; both are in the care of Historic Scotland). The tower stands 74 ft (23 m) high, and it is possible to climb to the top, using a modern metal spiral staircase (the tower originally had several wooden floors linked by ladders). The tower was evidently built in two stages (shown by a change in the masonry), and probably dates to the 9th and 11th centuries.

The village was once the ‘capital’ (or at least a major religious and political centre) of the Pictish kingdom. The parish church, which sits on land given by Nechtan,a king of the Picts, is dedicated to Saint Brigid of Kildare of (fl. 451-525), and the church is said to have been founded by Saint Dairlugdach, second abbess of Kildare, one of early Christian Ireland’s major monasteries.

Abernethy is believed to have been the seat of an early Pictish bishopric, its diocese extending westward along Strathearn.

The village’s name is Celtic, meaning ‘confluence of the Nethy’ (i.e. with the River Tay), the earliest recorded form being Apurnethige. The Nethy Burn flows down from the Ochil Hills past the present village.

Ballad of the Nine Maidens


Barbaric darkness shadowing o’er,
Among the Picts in days of yore
St Donivald, devoid of lore,
Lived in the Glen of Ogilvy.

Beside the forest’s mantling shade,
His daughters nine a temple made,
To shelter rude his aged head
Within the Glen of Ogilvy.

Charred wood-burned ashes formed the floor,
The trunks of pines around the door
Supporting walls of branches hoar,
Turf-roofed in Glen of Ogilvy.

Nine maidens were they spotless fair,
With silver skins, bright golden hair,
Blue-eyed, vermillion-cheeked, nowhere
Their match in Glen of Ogilvy.

Yet these fair maids, like muses nine,
God-like, etherealized, divine,
To perfect some high-souled design
Within the Glen of Ogilvy,
Did with the aged hermit toil,
With their own hand in daily moil,
Hard labouring rude the barren soil
Around the Glen of Ogilvy.

Poor barley bread and water clear,
And that but once a-day, I fear,
Was all their fare from year to year,
Within the Glen of Ogilvy.

A chapel built they rude at Glamis,
From whence, like sound of waving palms,
Arose on high the voice of psalms,
Near by the Glen of Ogilvy.

The hermit dead, they left the glen,
E’er shunning dread the haunts of men,
In oratory sacred then,
Far from the Glen of Ogilvy;

On Abernathy’s holy ground,
From whence their fame spread soon around,
Although no more their songs resound
In their loved Glen of Ogilvy.

Nine maidens fair in life were they,
Nine maidens fair in death’s last fray,
Nine maidens fair in fame alway,
The maids of Glen of Ogilvy.

And to their grave from every land,
Come many a sorrowing pilgrim band
The oak to kiss whose branches grand
Wave o’er the maids of Ogilvy.







The village Abernethy and the River Earn

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Abernethy Monastery

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Abernethy Round Tower

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Abernethy Monastery

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Abernethy Round Tower

9th & 11th century






View From The Top Of Pictish Tower Abernethy Perthshire Scotland








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Forest of Abernethy, Scotland