Calendar of Scottish Saints – Saint Berchan, Bishop


This Irish saint spent a good part of his life in Scotland. Few particulars of his career now remain to us, but he laboured near Stirling as a missionary. Some traces of devotion to him are still existing. The name of Kilbarchan, in the county of Renfrew, proves the connection of the saint with that neighbourhood. Saint Barchan’s Fair was held there annually. In the same county is to be found an ancient Celtic cross erected in honour of Saint Berchan. Another fair was at Tain; this is evident from an ancient charter of that burgh, in which it is stated that Saint Barquhan’s Fair is “held on the 3rd day after the Feast of Saint Peter ad Vincula, commonly called Lambmes.” Saint Peter ad Vincula, or, as it is usually called, Saint Peter’s Chains, is a feast which falls on August 1st, hence Saint Berchan’s Fair, in celebration of his feast, was held on the 4th. Lambmes or Lammas was the ancient name of this feast of Saint Peter and was derived from the Saxon hlaf (loaf). It had its origin in the offering at Mass of a loaf made from the first-fruits of the harvest.

MLA Citation

  • Father Michael Barrett, OSB. “Saint Berchan, Bishop”. The Calendar of Scottish Saints, 1919. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 June 2014. Web. 17 May 2021. <>