Saint of the Day – 16 December – Saint Beanus (Died c 1012) the first Bishop of Murlach, Scotland this area being the forerunner of the Diocese of Aberdeen.. Born in Scotland and died in 1012 of natural causes. Also known as Bean, Beóán, Beoanus, Beyn, of Murlach, Beóán of Scotland. His name means “lively one.” Additional Memorial – 26 October in local Scottish calendars.
Various historical writers tell us that the Kishopric was founded by King Máel Coluim II of Scotland in the seventh year of his reign (1012) as thankgiving to God, for victories over the Scandinavians.
We learn too that “the first Bishop was Beyn, a saintly man, worthy of the Episcopal Office, elevated to this See by the Lord Pope Benedict VIII at the King’s request.”
The Aberdeen Registrum records a charter granted to Bishop Beóán by King Máel Coluim at Forfar, granting the Bishop the Churches and lands of Clova and the unidentified Dulmech.
The Aberdeen Breviary commemorated “Bishop Beóán” as a saint on 26 October. Another Beóán, perhaps the one mentioned in the Life of St. Cathróe of Metz, was commemorated on 16 December and the two were often confused. This latter Saint is the Irish St Bean, a hermit Saint of Wexford, Lough Derg or Galway. However, as the Roman Martyrology records our Saint Beanus today, we will too keep his Feast!