Saint Blane

(St. Blane, St. Blaan)

? - 590

Celtic missionary. Blane was born on Bute in the 6th C., but is thought to be of Irish decent. He was educated in Ireland for seven years before completing his training for the priesthood under the tutelage of his uncle St. Cathan on Bute. He established a monastery there at Kingarth (now St. Blane's Chapel) and travelled around Scotland preaching the gospels, with the aim of converting the Picts. He established a monastery at Dunblane, which is now the site of Dunblane Cathedral. It is said to be the bell from his monastery on Bute which is preserved in this cathedral. He was consecrated as a bishop and it is suggested he made a pilgrimage to Rome, but he is certainly credited with performing miracles, including bringing a dead boy back to life. Blane died on Bute and is thought to be buried at St. Blane's Chapel. He had further chapels named in his honour at Balquhidder and Fortingall, while his name appears in placenames such as Strath Blane, Kilblane (Dumfriesshire) and Kilblaan in Kintyre. His feast day is the 10th August.

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