Calendar of Scottish Saints – Saint Bathan, Bishop


A.D. (about) 639. In a letter to the Scots from Pope John IV, mention is made of this saint as especially connected with Scotland. No particulars of his life are now known, but his cultus can be traced by the churches dedicated to him. Abbey Saint Bathans, a parish in Berwickshire, takes its name from this saint. The ruins of an abbey for Cistercian nuns are there, and in a wooded nook, in the vicinity is a spring called Saint Bathan’s Well. In addition to a reputation for healing diseases, it has the unusual quality of never freezing; a mill-stream into which it flows is said to be never blocked with ice in winter. The parish of Yester (Haddingtonshire) formerly bore the name of Saint Bathan’s, and the parish of Bowden in Roxburghshire probably takes its designation from the same saint.

MLA Citation

  • Father Michael Barrett, OSB. “Saint Bathan, Bishop”. The Calendar of Scottish Saints, 1919. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 December 2019. Web. 21 January 2020. <>