Monday, April 02, 2007

St Gilbert of Caithness

St Gilbert is one of Scotland's medieval saints. Like most of Scotland's saints, he doesn't get much of a look-in these days in the universal calendar. There's St Margaret of Scotland and then pretty much no one else. St Gilbert as its fourth bishop brought peace to his very fractious diocese and therein lies his claim to fame. His two predecessors (says this website) died particularly gruesome deaths: one had his eyes plucked out and his tongue removed and the other was burned alive in his home. Imagine. All that anger and there wasn't even an internet to egg anyone on.

The picture is the Cathedral of Dornoch, built by St Gilbert.

St Gilbert, pray for the Church and bring her peace.