Calendar of Scottish Saints – Saint Bean, Bishop, 11th century

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This saint was venerated at Fowls Wester and Kinkell, both in Perthshire. His well is pointed out at the former place, and his fair is held there. Saint Bean is inserted in the calendar of the Breviary of Aberdeen, but few particulars of his life are known to us. Tradition makes him Bishop of Mortlach, in Banffshire, though the existence of such a see is not generally admitted. Saint Bean, probably resided at Morlach of which he became patron (in succession to Saint Moluag see June 25); he is said to have ruled a monastery of Culdees there. An ancient stone effigy, in existence in the eighteenth century in Mortlach Church, was supposed to represent the saint; nothing of the kind is now to be seen. Balvenie, in the neighbourhood, is thought to be derived from Bal-beni-mor (“dwelling of Bean the Great”). The feast of Saint Bean was restored to Scotland by Leo XIII.

MLA Citation

  • Father Michael Barrett, OSB. “Saint Bean, Bishop, llth century”. The Calendar of Scottish Saints, 1919. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 December 2019. Web. 8 May 2021. <>