Glasgow Cathedral

The Freelance History Writer

Glasgow Cathedral (Photo by Michael Hanselmann - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons) Glasgow Cathedral (Photo by Michael Hanselmann – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Glasgow Cathedral is also known as Kentigern’s or St. Mungo’s Cathedral. There is a long standing tradition dating from the fourth century that a holy man named Nynia was born among the British people. This tradition is confirmed by the writings of the Venerable Bede who tells us Nynia was trained in Rome and introduced the Christian faith in what is now Scotland. This same saint, sometimes called Ninian, came from his community in Whithorn to a place called Cathures, now Glasgow, in the Kingdom of Strathclyde and dedicated a Christian burial ground there in the early fifth century.

To this same spot, Kentigern, also called St. Mungo, came in the late sixth century as a missionary. The “Life of Saint Mungo” was written by the monastic hagiographer Jocelin of Furness in about…

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