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Saint Curetan Bishop

Reposed 710 Remembered March 16

St Curetan was a Pict and a bishop probably based on Rosemarkie on the Black Isle in Moray. He may have changed his name to Boniface in testimony of pro-Roman attitudes. It is possible his work in the north may have been part of the Northumbrian mission when their influence was strong in the 8C.

Among many other places, St Boniface planted an important monastery on the Orcadian island of Papa Westray which was on the main sea ‘highway’ from Ireland to Iceland. Standing on the shore in a full blown gale attests to the unbelievable hardiness these saints had. The church dates from the 12C and has been rescued from dereliction.

There is a holy well and holy tree at Munlocky on the Black Isle.

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