St Kentigern

Saint Kentigern, known as Mungo, was born at Culross in Fife.  The Christian king of Strathclyde welcomed the saint and arranged his consecration as bishop around 540.  His holy example and his preaching drew together a large community known as “Clasgu” (“dear family), which ultimately grew into the town and city of Glasgow. A strong anti-Christian movement forced him to Wales, staying for a time with saint David at Menevia.  But after founding a large monastery at Llanelwy, later called called St Asaph’s he returned with some of his Welsh disciples to Galloway and Cumberland and then Glasgow in 581, where he was visited by Saint Columba.  Kentigern is buried where the beautiful cathedral dedicated in his honour now stands.


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