Encyclopedia Britannica – Saint Bridget

detail of a Saint Brigid of Ireland stained glass window, Saint Joseph's Cathedral, Macon, Georgia, USA; artist unknown; photographed by the author summer 2003Article

Saint Bridget, more properly Brigid (c.452523), one of the patron saints of Ireland, was born at Faughart in county Louth, her father being a prince of Ulster. Refusing to marry, she chose a life of seclusion, making her cell, the first in Ireland, under a large oak tree, whence the place was called Kil-dara, “the church of the oak.” The city of Kildare is supposed to derive its name from Saint Brigid’s cell. The year of her death is generally placed in 523. She was buried at Kildare, but her remains were afterwards translated to Downpatrick, where they were laid beside the bodies of Saint Patrick and Saint Columba. Her feast is celebrated on the 1st of February. A large collection of miraculous stories clustered round her name, and her reputation was not confined to Ireland, for, under the name of Saint Bride, she became a favourite saint in England, and numerous churches were dedicated to her in Scotland.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Bridget”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 1911. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 January 2020. Web. 7 May 2021. <>