Calendar of Scottish Saints – Saint Comgall, Abbot


A.D. 602. He was a native of Ireland, and founder and ruler of the renowned monastery of Bangor, where he is said to have governed no less than three thousand monks. In the year 598, anxious, like so many of his countrymen, to bring the blessing of the Christian Faith to Scotland, he left his native land to found a monastery in Tiree. He was a great friend of Saint Columba, and was one of that saint’s companions in the journey to Inverness and the miraculous conversion of King Brude. Saint Comgall did not remain permanently in Scotland; he died in Ireland, and was laid to rest at Bangor. The date of his death is given by Irish authorities as the 10th of May, but his feast has always been celebrated in Scotland on the 9th. The church of Durris, Kincardineshire, bore his name, and an annual fair, the only remains of his festival in Protestant times, was formerly held there on this day.

MLA Citation

  • Father Michael Barrett, OSB. “Saint Comgall, Abbot”. The Calendar of Scottish Saints, 1919. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 May 2014. Web. 20 February 2019. <>