Posted by: anna | October 26, 2009

St Comgan of Lochalsh

Today we commemorate St Comgan, Abbot of Lochalsh, brother of St Kentigerna and uncle of St Fillan. Don’t be put off by the typo on the Russian calendar (Cogman)! No icon that I can find.

The summary below is from celt-saints – should be ‘brother of Kentigerna’ not Kentigern (aka St Mungo, patron saint of Glasgow). We will revisit Kentigerna and Fillan in January.

‘8th century. Saint Comgan, son of King Ceallach (Kelly) of Leinster, was the brother of Saint Kentigerna (f.d. January 7) and uncle to Saint Fillan (f.d. January 19). Farmer reports that he succeeded his father as chief. After a defeat in battle, Comgan, Kentigerna, her three sons, and seven others were exiled by a coalition of neighbouring tribes. They settled in western Ross, where Comgan founded a monastery at Lochalsh, opposite Skye. He embraced the monastic life in Scotland, where his feast is kept in the diocese of Aberdeen. Comgan’s relics were buried by Fillan at Iona and a church built over them. Many churches in the area mark their movements: Kilchoan and Kilcongen (Church of Comgan), Killelan (Church of Fillan), and others at Islay (Loch Melfort), Ardnamurchan, Knoydart, Sye, North Uist, Kiltearn, and Turriff (Attwater2, Benedictines, Coulson, D’Arcy, Farmer, Simpson, Skene). ‘

  • article about its own early history from Lochalsh parish church

He picked a good spot – Kyle of Lochalsh is the jumping-off point for Skye, and appropriately beautiful.

Holy St Comgan, pray to God for us.

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