St Ninian

Saint Ninian is acknowledged as Scotland’s first saint with the date 397AD celebrated as the beginning of his mission to his people. He was a Christian Bishop, and was particularly active in the Whithorn and Galloway area of Scotland. He is also credited with being the first to bring Christianity to the ‘southern’ Picts, the people living in the parts of Scotland we know today as Perth, Fife, Stirling and around Dundee and Forfar.

Not much is known with certainty about St. Ninian, but according to oral traditions dating from the 5th century and confirmed in the writings of the Venerable Bede in the 8th century, a holy man named ‘Nynia’, born among the British people, introduced the Christian faith into Scotland long before the coming of Saint Columba.


Saint Ninian preaching to the Picts (from the Book of the Hours of the Virgin and Saint Ninian

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