Calendar of Scottish Saints – Saint Palladius, Bishop


A.D. (about) 430. Saint Prosper of Aquitaine tells us that this saint was a Roman deacon who was sent by Pope Celestine I. to those Irish who were already Christians, that he might be their bishop. After founding several churches in Ireland, and meeting with opposition from the pagans there, he left that country for Scotland, where he founded churches in the Mearns. He died at Fordun, and his relics were still preserved there in 1409, when the Archbishop of Saint Andrews placed them in a new and costly shrine adorned with gold and gems. The ruins of his chapel are still to be seen there and a well bears his name. “Paldy Fair” is still held at Auchinblae in the parish of Fordoun (Kincardineshire); it formerly lasted eight days.

Pope Leo XIII in his Bull concerning the restoration of the Scottish hierarchy in 1878, refers to the share of Saint Palladius in the evangelisation of the country. “Saint Palladius,” he says, “deacon of the Roman Church, is said to have preached the Faith of Christ there (in Scotland) in the fifth century.”

The same Pontiff, in 1898, restored this saint’s feast to Scotland.

MLA Citation

  • Father Michael Barrett, OSB. “Saint Palladius, Bishop”. The Calendar of Scottish Saints, 1919. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 June 2014. Web. 13 May 2021. <>