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Saint Ninian


(St. Ninian)

c.360 - 432

The first known Christian missionary in Scotland. Perhaps born in Strathclyde or Northumbria (England) Ninian was a Briton who trained in Rome. He founded a mission at Whithorn (the Candida Casa, or 'white house') on the shores of the Solway Firth in 397 AD, the first Christian settlement in Scotland, and preached to the Picts across the south and east of the country. There are many churches dedicated to his memory and he is perhaps the most important Scottish saint within the Roman Catholic church.


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