A case of mistaken identity? Monenna and Ninian in Galloway and the Central Belt

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Abstract

This paper re-explores the relationship between the cults of Monenna and Ninian in the wake of the significant developments in the study of Ninian over the past two decades. It examines the overlap of their cults, with a focus on Stirling, Edinburgh and Galloway. It is argued that the Scottish journey of Monenna may indeed reflect the cult of a female saint in southern Scotland, rather than that of Ninian as has previously been suggested. Medieval and early modern writers were aware of a potential for confusion between the names. This may have led to the saints becoming associated with one another and, in some locations, resulted in the eventual replacement of an original cult with that of Ninian.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-20
Number of pages12
JournalTransactions of the Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society
Volume91
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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