Captured by Norse raiders, who murdered the rest of his family, Findan was forced into slavery in the Orkney Islands. He escaped to Scotland and headed south, becoming a pilgrim to Rome, Italy. Monk at Farfa Abbey, Farfa Sabina, Italy. Monk and hermit in Rheinau Abbey, Rheinau, Switzerland for 22 years, living his last 17 years as a walled-in recluse.
- 879 at the Rheinau Abbey, Rheinau, Switzerland of natural causes
- relics enshrined in the Fintansaltar in the abbey church
- “Saint Findan of Rheinau“. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 November 2009. Web. 27 May 2015. <>