Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Conon, Bishop of the Isle of Man


If we can give credit to some lives of Saint Fiaker, and the old Breviary of Limoges, that saint was son of Eugenius, king of Scotland, and by his father committed in his childhood, with his two brothers, to the care of Saint Conon, from which saintly education he received that ardent love and perfect spirit of piety, by which he was distinguished during the whole course of his life. Conon, by the purity and fervour in which he served God, was a saint from his infancy. The Isle of Man, which was a famous ancient seat of the Druids, is said to have received the seeds of the Christian faith, by the zeal of Saint Patrick. Saint Conon, passing thither from Scotland, completed that great work, and is said to have been made bishop of Man, or of Sodor, supposed by these authors to have been anciently a town in this island. This bishopric was soon after united with that of the Hebrides or the Western Islands, which see was fixed in the Isle of Hi, Iona or Y-colmkille. Saint Conon died in the Isle of Man, about the year 648. His name continued to the change of religion, in great veneration throughout the Hebrides, or islands on the West of Scotland.

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Conon, Bishop of the Isle of Man”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 January 2013. Web. 21 February 2019. <>