Calendar of Scottish Saints – Saint Vigean or Fechin, Hermit, A.D. 664

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20 January. The parish of Saint Vigean’s, Forfarshire, derives its name from this saint, who though called Vigean in Scotland, is no other than the Irish abbot Fechin. He ruled three hundred monks at Fore, in Westmeath. It is not easy to determine his precise connection with Scotland, though from the remains which bear his name it would appear that he spent some time in the country. A hermitage at Conan, near Arbroath, is pointed out as his residence, and the foundations of a small chapel may still be traced. Near them is a spring known as Saint Vigean’s Well. A fair called by his name was held at Arbroath on this day up to the eighteenth century.

Ecclefechan known in Middle Age charters as Ecclesia Sancti Fechani (Church of Saint Fechan) takes its name from the same saint. It has acquired celebrity in later times as the birthplace of Thomas Carlyle. Saint Fechin was buried in the Monastery of Fore.

MLA Citation

  • Father Michael Barrett, OSB. “Saint Vigean or Fechin, Hermit, A.D. 664.”. The Calendar of Scottish Saints, 1919. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 January 2014. Web. 17 August 2017. <>