Calendar of Scottish Saints – Saint Kevin or Coivin, Abbot

Saint Kevin of GlendaloughArticle

A.D. 618. This Irish saint has been compared by ancient writers to Saint Paul the Hermit, on account of his holiness of life. He founded the celebrated monastery of Glendalough, in Wicklow County; it became in after ages a bishop’s see. He lived to the age of 120 years.

Saint Kevin was greatly honoured in Scotland as well as in his native country. It is said, that he lived for a time in Scotland. Traces of a devotion to him are certainly found in the western part of the country. In the parish of Southend, Argyllshire, are the remains of a small building called Saint Coivin’s Chapel. Kilkivan (in the parish of Campbelltown) is named after him, and a cave there is known as “Saint Kevin’s Bed.”

MLA Citation

  • Father Michael Barrett, OSB. “Saint Kevin or Coivin, Abbot”. The Calendar of Scottish Saints, 1919. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 May 2016. Web. 22 September 2018. <>