Saint Ronald of Orkney

Also known as

  • Rögnvald Kali Kolsson
  • Ragnvald Kale Kollsson



Son of Lendmann Kol Kalisson and Gunhild Erlendsdotter, and described as “elegant and accomplished”. Appointed Earl of the Orkney and Shetland Islands by King Sigurd I of Norway in 1129. He made a vow to build a church in his lands; the result was the Saint Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Scotland. Murdered by a group of warriors rebelling against him, his rule and his religion, and is considered a martyr in Kirkwall.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ronald of Orkney“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 December 2012. Web. 27 July 2016. <>