Monday, January 14, 2008

"Kentigern, the most famous and beloved by God and men. . . ."


It is St Kentigern's feast day today. He is the patron saint of Glasgow and often referred to as the founder of the city. The image above is that of the seal of Robert Blackadder (no, really) the first Archbishop of Glasgow. It shows St Kentigern dressed as a monk and holding a book and standing next to the salmon with the ring. (You can find the story of the salmon and the ring in chapter xxxvi of "The Life of Kentigern by Jocelyn, a monk of Furness".)

Considering the day, you might want to go here and listen to the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band (lineal descendants of the old Glasgow Police Pipe Band) playing a bit of the old piobaireachd "The Piper's Warning to His Master" in a band arrangement.