Calendar of Scottish Saints – Saint Finian or Finan, Bishop, A.D. 660

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18 March. This feast is noted both in the Breviary and Martyrology of Aberdeen, as well as in other Scottish calendars. There is a wide divergence of opinion among authorities as to the particular saint referred to, and the Aberdeen Breviary affords no account of his life. It seems, however, not improbable that this is the Saint Finan, patron of the churches of Migvie and Lumphanan, both in Aberdeenshire, who is thought by Dr. Skene to have been one of Saint Kentigern’s Welsh disciples, sent, together with Saint Nidan (see November 3), to preach the Gospel in Deeside. “In the upper valley of the Dee, on the north side of the river, we find a group of dedications which must have proceeded from a Welsh source. These are Glengairden, dedicated to Mungo, Migvie and Lumphanan to Finan, the latter name being a corruption of Llanffinan, and Midmar dedicated to Nidan; while in the island of Anglesea we likewise find two adjacent parishes called Llanffinan and Llannidan.”

A chapel at Abersnethick in the parish of Monymusk bears the name of Saint Finan, and an Aberdeen authority notes in 1703 that: “Finzean Fair at the kirk of Migvie “was kept at that time,” whiles in March and whiles in April, on the Tuesday before Midlenton fair at Banchrie.”

MLA Citation

  • Father Michael Barrett, OSB. “Saint Finian or Finan, Bishop, A.D. 660”. The Calendar of Scottish Saints, 1919. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 February 2014. Web. 20 November 2018. <>