St. Andrew's, Scotland
The Holy Apostle Andrew is the patron
saint of Scotland, and some relics
of him were long venerated in the coastal town which because of their
presence became the spiritual centre of the country. They are often
said to have been brought from Patras by St. Regulus, but the
life of this saint raises many historical difficulties, and modern
writers have leaned toward the idea that the relics were in fact
brought first to England by the VII Century Roman mission, then to
Northumbria and specifically Whithorn
in Galloway by St. Acca of Hexham, and finally to St. Andrew's.
Whether this is true or not, the relics were central to Scottish
religious life in both the later Orthodox and the Roman Catholic
periods; they were lost in the Reformation, of which St. Andrew's
and especially its university played an important role.
Norman Hugh Redington
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