Calendar of Scottish Saints – Saint Gathan, Bishop


6th century. This saint was probably of Irish nationality. He dwelt for the greater part of his life in the Island of Bute. Saint Blaan, whose ruined chapel is still to be seen in Kingarth parish in that island, was his nephew. No particulars of the life of Saint Cathan remain to us. His name survives in Kilchatten village, mill and bay, in Kingarth parish, and a hill near is called Saint Cathan’s Seat. There is another Kilchattan in Luing Island, Argyllshire, and in the same county is Ardchattan. Churches were dedicated to the saint in the islands of Gigha and Colonsay. The confederation of clans known as Clan Chattan is thought to have originated in Bute, and to have taken its name from Saint Cathan. Gillichattan and Macgillichattan are characteristic names belonging to Clan Chattan; the latter was common in Bute in the 17th century. They signify respectively “Servant of Cathan” and “Son of the servant of Cathan.”

MLA Citation

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