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Saint of the Day – 10 August – St Blane (Died 590)

Saint of the Day – 10 August – St Blane (Died 590) Bishop and Confessor – born on the Isle of Bute, date unknown and died in 590.ST BLANE ICON

Late medieval Scottish texts relate that his mother was Irish and that St Cathan was his brother.   It was Cathan who saw to Blane’s education in Ireland under Saints Comgall and Kenneth.   Blane became a monk, went to Scotland and was eventually bishop among the Picts.   Several miracles are related of him, among them the restoration of a dead boy to life.

The Aberdeen Breviary gives these and other details of the saint’s life.   There can be no doubt that devotion to St Blane was, from early times, popular in Scotland.   There was a church of St Blane in Dumfries and another at Kilblane.   In Greenock, the place name Kilblain is thought to refer to a cell or chapel of St Blane.

There is a well in the strath, or valley, called Blane’s Well and also a place in the neighbourhood called Garcattoun, which might be named after his brother, St Cathan.ST BLANE SNIP

His name is recorded on the Scottish landscape at Strathblane in the central lowlands from Loch Lomond to Dunblane.   The highest authorities say the saint died 590.

The ruins of his church at Kingarth, Bute, where his remains were buried, are still standing and form an object of great interest to antiquarians, St Blane’s Chapel is picturesquely situated about 800 metres from Dunagoil Bay.  401px-Stblanes1

The bell of his monastery is believed to be preserved at Dunblane.   Dunblane Cathedral was founded on the site first used by St blane


Feast of St Lawrence and Memorials of the Saints – 10 August

St Lawrence (Died 258) Martyr (Feast)
St Lawrence here:

St Agathonica of Carthage
St Agilberta of Jouarre
Bl Amadeus of Portugal O.F.M. (1420–1482)
St Aredius of Lyon
St Asteria of Bergamo
Bl Augustine Ota
St Bassa of Carthage
St Bessus
St Bettelin
St Blane (Died 590)
Bl Claude-Joseph Jouffret de Bonnefont
St Deusdedit the Cobbler
Bl Edward Grzymala
Bl Franciszek Drzewiecki
Bl Francois François
St Gerontius
Bl Hugh of Montaigu
Bl Lazare Tiersot
St Paula of Carthage
St Thiento of Wessobrunn

Martyrs of Alexandria – 260+ saints: A large number of Christians who died in Alexandria, Egypt between 260 and 267 in the persecutions of Decius and Valerian, whose names have not come down to us and who are commemorated together.

Martyrs of Rome – 165 saints: Group of 165 Christians martyred in the persecutions of Aurelian. 274 in Rome, Italy.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Antonio González Penín
• Blessed José Toledo Pellicer
• Blessed José Xavier Gorosterratzu Jaunarena
• Blessed Juan Martorell Soria
• Blessed Pedro Mesonero Rodríguez
• Blessed Victoriano Calvo Lozano