Catholic Encyclopedia – Saint Ternan


Bishop of the Picts, flourished in the sixth century. Much obscurity attaches to his history, and it is difficult to reconcile his chronology as given by various writers. Some say that he was consecrated by Saint Palladius in 440, others that he was a monk of Culross in Fife, one of the monasteries founded by Saint Serf, or Servan, the tutor of Saint Kentigern. The Picts were not converted till about 570, by the zeal of Saint Columba. Saint Kentigern died in 603, and Saint Serf of Culross died in 583 (feast 1 July). It is safe to assert that Saint Ternan was a contemporary of Saint Serf. In the “Aberdeen Martyrology” there is mention of “the Gospel of Matthew belonging to Saint Ternan”, which was enshrined in a metal case or cumdach (book shrine), covered with silver and gold, after the Irish fashion.” Saint Ternan is commemorated on 12 June. He must not be confounded with Saint Trumwine.

MLA Citation

  • William Grattan-Flood. “Saint Ternan”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 May 2014. Web. 19 February 2019. <>