|ST. DONAN A remarkable fact about the widespread work of the Celtic missionary saints from the fifth century onwards is that scarcely any cases ofviolent opposition or martyrdom are recorded until the Viking and Danish raids began at the end of the ninth century. The pagan Celts accepted the missionaries even when they did not accept their religion and pagan and Christian symbols are found side by side on the great pictish stones.|
Donan (or Donnan) deserves a note in these pages not only because of the extent of his journeyings but because he and his fellow monks on the island of Eigg provide the most dreadful case of martyrdom in the history of the Celtic Church. He and fifty-two of his followers were butchered within the refectory of the monastery. The only other martyrdoms recorded seem to be those of Constantine of Kintyre and of Kessog, and the latter is doubtful
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Donan's festival is 16 or 17 April.
It seems only fitting to lift a dram of Glenfiddich in the good Saint's honor.
Clan Donald USA