- St Kentigern/St Mungo (520-612)
Much of St Mungo's early life is more legend than fact but he is said to have been the son of a pagan king of Gododdin>, a part of Scotland now known as Lothian. His mother was cast adrift on a coracle in the Firth of Forth which was washed ashore in Culross> in Fife> where she gave birth to a son.
Looked after by St Serf> in a nearby monastery, he was named Kentigern but his nickname St Mungo ("dear friend") is used more frequently.
As a missionary, he was building on the early Christian church left by the Romans. In Strathclyde> he built a church beside the Molendinar Burn in what was to become Glasgow> (and is the patron saint of that city) and in 543 he became bishop of Cumbria> which at that time straddled what has become the border of Scotland and England.
He spent several years in Wales and is said to have met St David>, the patron saint of Wales. He returned to Scotland and is reported to have met St Columba>.
His many miracles (including that of the ring which was found in a fish, thus saving a queen's life - later recalled as part of the Glasgow coat of arms) cannot be authenticated. St Mungo is buried in Glasgow Cathedral (pictured above).
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