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  • Who was St Mungo and why is he remembered in Scotland?


    Mungo, or Kentigern, was a child of the ancient British rulers of southern Scotland. But his mother Tennoch (later Enoch) wished to devote her life to the Church, and fleeing forced marriage, she gave birth to Mungo at Culross where he was fostered by St Serf. On his own missionary journeying Mungo founded Glasgow as a religious settlement, travelled in southwest Scotland and the Lake District, and founded St Asaph in North Wales. The bell, bird, fish and tree on Glasgow’s coat of arms all relate to legendary episode’s in Mungo’s life. Mungo lived in the sixth century, probably dying in Glasgow about 612.

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