Calendar of Scottish Saints – Saint Conan, Bishop, A.D. 648


26 January. He was born in Ireland, and is said to have passed over to Iona to join the community there, in which his virtues and talents placed him high in the estimation of the monks. He was characterised by a special devotion to the Mother of God, which won for him a singular purity of soul. He was made tutor to the three sons of Eugenius IV, King of Scotland, and brought them up carefully and wisely. Later on he became a Bishop. Saint Conan was greatly honoured in Scotland. His name survives at Kilconan, in Fortingal, Perthshire, and at Saint Conan’s Well, near Dalmally, Argyleshire. Saint Conan’s Fair is held at Glenorchy, Perthshire, but this seems to relate to another saint of like name, as its date is the third Wednesday in March and our saint was venerated on January 26th, as the best authorities testify.

MLA Citation

  • Father Michael Barrett, OSB. “Saint Conan, Bishop, A.D. 648”. The Calendar of Scottish Saints, 1919. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 January 2014. Web. 15 January 2021. <>