Calendar of Scottish Saints – Saint Duthac, Bishop, A.D. 1068

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8 March. This saint was of Scottish birth, but was educated, like many of his contemporaries, in Ireland. Returning to his native land, he was consecrated bishop, and devoted himself with zeal to the pastoral office. He is said to have especially shown this devotion in hearing the confessions of his people. He laboured as bishop in the districts of Moray and Ross. Both during life and after death he was noted for many miracles. He was buried in the church of Tain, whose Gaelic title is Baile Dhuich (Duthac’s Town). Seven years after death his body was found incorrupt, and was removed to a more honourable shrine in the same church. His resting-place became one of the chief places of pilgrimage in the country. James IV visited it no less than three times, travelling thither with a large retinue. At that date Saint Duthac’s Bell was treasured at Tain. Saint Duthac is patron of Kilduich, at the head of Loch Duich in Kintail. The saint probably visited this spot, which belonged to his pastoral charge. Kilduthie, near the Loch of Leys, Kincardineshire, and Arduthie, near Stonehaven, in the same county, both take their names from this saint. A chapel in the Benedictine Abbey of Arbroath bore the dedication of Saint Duthac. Two fairs called after him were held annually at Tain – “Saint Duthac in Lent” was on his feast-day; that in December probably indicated some translation of his relics. At Tain is Saint Duthac’s Cairn. A holy well bears his name in the parish of Cromarty. Leo XIII restored his feast in 1898.

MLA Citation

  • Father Michael Barrett, OSB. “Saint Duthac, Bishop, A.D. 1068”. The Calendar of Scottish Saints, 1919. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 February 2014. Web. 22 September 2018. <>