More saints in early medieval Scotland, 14 December 2021


06 September 2021
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Join Dr Carolyn McNamara for a fascinating exploration of Scotland's early medieval religious sites and their lesser-known saints.

Early medieval Scotland was awash with the comings and goings of saints and the religious sites they founded. While Iona and Saint Columba are perhaps the best known, there were multiple other important sites (and saints) which deserve our attention. These include: Donnan and Eigg; Moluag and Lismore; Maelruba and Applecross; as well as the churches at Rosemarkie and Portmahomack.

Join Dr McNamara on 14 December 2021 at 6.30pm for a 45-minute talk followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

Places are limited so book now for just £10

Dr Carolyn McNamara's research has focused heavily on turning the spotlight on early medieval religious sites which have received less attention. In this talk for History Scotland, she will discuss the surviving evidence for these foundations and their associated saints, placing them within the wider context of the early medieval world in Scotland and Ireland; thus helping us to more deeply appreciate the rich ecclesiastical history of Scotland.  


Event details

Join Dr Carolyn McNamara for a 45-minute talk followed by a 30-minute Q&A. The webinar will be recorded and the recording made available to ticket holders for 7 days after broadcast.

The event will be chaired by Dr Allan Kennedy, senior lecturer in history at the University of Dundee, and History Scotland’s consultant editor.

Registration fee: £10. Starts 6.30pm UK time. To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate.

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Speaker details

Dr Carolyn McNamara received her PhD in Celtic from the University of Glasgow. She is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a member of the Scottish Medievalists. Her research focuses on monastic networks, saints' cults, seascapes, and travel, with special focus on early medieval Ireland and Scotland.


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Registration fee: £10. Starts 6.30pm (GMT+1). To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate.

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Image: The Saints Window in the Cathedral Church of St Moluag on the Isle of Lismore, Argyll, Scotland. This window is at the east gable of the building in what was the old Choir. It depicts St Moluag on the left and his contemporary St Columba on the right

Courtesy of Young Bachuil, Wikimedia Commons public domain