ST. ADRIAN, BISHOP OF ST. ANDREWS M., IN SCOTLAND
WHEN the Danes, in the ninth century, made
frequent descents upon the coast of Scotland, plundered several
provinces, and massacred great part of the inhabitants, this holy
pastor often softened their fury, and converted several among them to
Christ. In a most cruel invasion of these pirates, he withdrew into
the isle of May, in the bay of the river Forth; but the barbarians
plundering also that island, discovered him there, and slew him with
another bishop named Stalbrand, and a great number of others: the
Aberdeen Breviary says six thousand six hundred. This massacre
happened in the reign of Constantine II., in the year 874. A great
monastery was built of polished stone in honor of St. Adrian, in the
isle of May, the church of which, enriched with his relics, was a
place of great devotion. See bishop Lesley, Hist.1. 5. Breviar.
Aberdon. and Chronica Skonensia.