[MR] Wikipedia: Death of St. Mungo, 614

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 13 02:42:34 PST 2024

Noble Friends, especially Fellow Scots,

This day in 614 is the traditional death date of Saint Kentigern (more
commonly known as Saint Mungo, cumbric for "Dear Friend").

Saint Mungo was the first bishop of Glasgow, is considered the city's
founder as it grew from his monastic settlement, and he remains the city's
patron saint. Saint Mungo is represented on the heraldic arms of the
Corporation of Glasgow, and his smiling face is seen carved in stone on a
number of buildings throughout the city. Glasgow Cathedral (technically not
a cathedral anymore, as it is not a bishop's seat) is dedicated to Saint
Mungo, and what remains of his tomb may be seen in the undercroft.

The saint's actual death date is somewhat in dispute. The principal source
is a rather dodgy *vita* written by Jocelyn of  Furness in 1186 (Jocelyn
was a monk noted for churning out *vitae *on demand). The Catholic Church
accepted this date and it has remained Saint Mungo's feast day. He is also
considered a saint in the Eastern Orthodox faith and by the Church of

More about Saint Mungo is found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Mungo

You can also read about Saint Mungo in my never-presented University of
Atlantia class handout archived at
https://mallardlodgehousehold.blogspot.com/2022/11/ .

My SCA name is actually a happy accident, and has no direct connection to
Saint Mungo. The name Mungo Napier came from a late 16th century burgess of
Dumbarton, who is actually one of my real-life direct ancestors (I
used his *Family
Search* genealogy page as justification to the SCA Heralds). At that time I
had never heard of Saint Mungo.

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆
Continuing a crusade to keep Merry Rose relevant and in business.

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