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St Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint at Tron Steeple.

This evening, I am posting information on Glasgow’s patron saint, St Mungo or St Kentigern.

St Mungo was part of a wave of early Christian missionaries who were active in Scotland during the 6th century AD. Although St Mungo was born in Scotland many of his contemporaries came from Ireland. This was the time of the Celtic Church which was dominant in Scotland until being eclipsed by the Roman Catholic Church after the Synod of Whitby in the late 7th century, AD.

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Steeple Hall and Tower.This building, which looks like a church from the outside, was originally designed for use as a meat market and school. It has a Bronze copy of the wooden statue of legendary piper Habbie Simpson on the Tower.

Read more on Visit Kilbarchan, Scotland…



Crosses

Tonight, I am focusing on the ancient Christian crosses on the island of Iona which lies off Scotland’s West Coast.

Video clip of Iona Abbey in context of mainland.


Iona is famous for the connection with St. Columba who arrived on the island in AD 563 and proceeded to build a monastery. Over the succeeding centuries these early foundations proved secure as the ecclesiastical community has survived savage Viking raids and the Reformation. Today, the Abbey is a world-renowned ecumenical centre.

Read more on Visit Historic Crosses, Iona…