Saturday, 25 July 2015

A Chronological Index of Irish Saints

Below is a list of Irish saints with an indication of the era in which they flourished, taken from a nineteenth-century encyclopaedia published in the United States. I am always interested to see which saints are included in sources like this and there is quite a selection here. There are the well-known saints of Ireland I would expect to find such as our three patrons - Patrick, Brigid and Colum Cille - but there are also saints who would not have been household names such as Aileran. The Irish missionary saints and scholars are well-represented. Particularly interesting is the reputedly fourth-century Saint Eliph, the earliest cited. Female saints too feature in the list, among them are the well-known such as Saint Ita (Ida) but also the less famous such as Breaca and Burian. Tomorrow I will begin to post the biographies which accompany the list.


Chronological Index of Contents.


SAINTS.

Adamnan … 630

Ailbe … 500

Aileran … 600

Albin … 750

Albuin … 700

Arbogast … 600

Asicus … 450

Benignus … 430

Breaca and Burian … 475

Brendan … 483

Brendan of Birr … 525

Bridget … 453

Brieuc … 450

Cailan … 547

Cellach … 1106

Christian … 1138

Christian … 1150

Colman … 516

Colman … 950

Columba … 530

Columbkill

Conlaeth … 470

Declan … 500

Desibod … 620

Dymphna … 480

Eithne … 550

Eliph … 380

Enda … 530

Fearghal … 755

Felix … 1170

Finochta … 675

Finian … 530

Finian … 550

Florentinus …

Fridolinus … 450

Gelascus … 1160

Gilbert … 1080

Gunifort … 400

Ibar … 480

Ida … 500

Jarleth … 530

Kevin … 550

Kiaran … 530

Kilian … 650

Livinus … 630

Macartin … 500

Malchus … 1120

Mannon … 1202

Mansury … 100

Mochelloe … 600

Molocus … 620

Muerdach … 450

Munchin … 480

Navel … 550

O'Toole, Laurence … 1150

Patrick … 450

Rumbold … 750

Sedulus … 785

Senan … 540

Tigernach … 550

Wiro … 640

James O'Brien, Irish Celts: a cyclopedia of race history, containing biographical sketches of more than fifteen hundred distinguished Irish Celts, with a chronological index, (Detroit, 1884).

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