Calendar of Scottish Saints – Saint Conval, Confessor


A.D. (about) 612. This saint was born in Ireland, but crossed over to Scotland in his youth to become the disciple of Saint Kentigern. An old legend relates that, as no vessel could be procured for his voyage, ne was miraculously conveyed across the channel upon a large stone, this stone after wards becoming an instrument of healing to the sick who touched it. Saint Conval’s relics were honoured at Inchinnan on the Clyde. He was patron of the old church of Pollokshaws or Polloc-on-the-Shaws; with regard to the name of this parish, Shaw in old Scottish meant “a grove.” The Shaws’ Fair probably the patronal feast of the church was formerly held on the last Friday in May every year. This saint was also the patron of the churches of Cumnock and Ochiltree, as ancient documents attest. Many miracles have been attributed to him. It seems probable that the chapel known as Saint Conall’s, at Ferrenese in Renfrewshire, whose ruins still remain, and the holy well hard by, were named after Saint Conval; the designation (often written Conual) might easily become corrupted to Connal in the course of centuries. The land belonging to this chapel became in the sixteenth century part of the endowment of a collegiate church founded at Lochwinnoch by Lord Sempill.

MLA Citation

  • Father Michael Barrett, OSB. “”. The Calendar of Scottish Saints, 1919. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 May 2014. Web. 22 February 2019. <>