St Kessog, Scotlands' First Patron Saint.

by Niamh Wood

St Kessog

St Kessog was born in Ireland around the year 460 and is the son of the King of Cashel. He made his name as a Christian missionary in Scotland but started his religious life in Ireland. Much of what we know about Kessog is based on oral tradition and legends considering there are no written historical records around the time he was alive. Yet he is believed to have worked miracles ever since he was a child. One legend about him concerns a swimming incident he endured in his childhood. The sons of several princes visiting the king drowned in a swimming pool, Kessog being the only survivor. He prayed all night long and miraculously in the morning the children had been brought back to life which inevitably averted wars with the various princes.

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