Book of Saints – Blane

statue in the pulpit of Dunblane Cathedral, artist unknown, photographer unknownArticle

(Blain, Blaan) (Saint) Bishop (August 10) (7th century) A celebrated Scottish Saint who is said to have been Bishop of Kingarth in Bute at the end of the sixth or beginning of the seventh century. He was buried at Dunblane, where the Cathedral and several other churches were dedicated in his honour. But the dates commonly given are altogether uncertain. His reputed connection with Saint Comgall and Saint Kenneth would put that of his birth after A.D. 550, whereas Butler, Dempster and others insist that he flourished in the fifth century. The Bollandists, on the other hand, describe him as having flourished in the tenth or eleventh century, surmising a confusion of names between Saint Kenneth and King Kenneth, his namesake. Hence, the modern hypothesis that there were two Saint Blanes, of whom one lived in the fifth and the other in the eleventh century. Hymns and prose compositions bearing the name of Saint Blane are still extant.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Blane”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 September 2012. Web. 23 January 2019. <>