Calendar of Scottish Saints – Saint Adrian and Companions, A.D. 875


4 March. An old legend, which was long regarded as authentic, relates that this saint was of royal birth and was a native of Hungary, and that he came to Scotland with several companions to preach the Faith. Modern historians identify him with the Irish Saint Odhran, who was driven from his country by the Danes and took refuge in Scotland. He preached the Gospel to the people of Fifeshire and the eastern counties. Eventually he founded a monastery on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth. Here he suffered martyrdom, together with a great number of his disciples, in an incursion of the Danes. A Priory was built on the island by David I, and placed under the Benedictine Abbey of Reading. Later on it was given over to the Canons Regular of Saint Andrews. The Isle of May became a famous place of pilgrimage on account of the connection with it of other saints besides Saint Adrian and his companions. James IV visited it several times, having evidently a great affection for the holy place. In 1503 he took the “clerkis of the Kingis chapell to Maii to sing the Mes thair.” Other records occur in his treasurer’s accounts, such as the following: “To the preistis to say thre trentals of Messis thair”; for “the Kingis offerand in his tua candillis in Maii.”

MLA Citation

  • Father Michael Barrett, OSB. “Saint Adrian and Companions, A.D. 875”. The Calendar of Scottish Saints, 1919. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 February 2014. Web. 22 April 2019. <>