Saint Ronald of Orkney

detail of a statue of Saint Ronald of Orkney, Saint Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkneys, Scotland; taken on 23 May 2011 by Otter; swiped off the Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Rögnvald Kali Kolsson
  • Ragnvald Kale Kollsson



Son of Lendmann Kol Kalisson and Gunhild Erlendsdotter, and described as “elegant and accomplished”. Appointed Earl of the Orkney and Shetland Islands by King Sigurd I of Norway in 1129. He made a vow to build a church in his lands; the result was the Saint Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Scotland. Murdered by a group of warriors rebelling against him, his rule and his religion, and is considered a martyr in Kirkwall.




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ronald of Orkney“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 August 2016. Web. 14 May 2021. <>