ST. MANS, OR MAGNUS, B. M
IN the reign of Duncan, king of Scotland, an army
of savage pagan Norwegians, under Hacon, ravaged the isles of Orkney.
To stop the butchery of the inhabitants, Mans, the zealous bishop,
met the barbarians, and when they threatened him with death, boldly
replied: “I am ready to die a thousand times over for the cause
of God and his flock: but in his name I command you to spare his
people.” Commending his soul to his Redeemer, through the
intercession of the Virgin Mary, St. Palladius, and St. Servanus,
patron of that diocese, he presented his head to be struck off by the
executioner. He suffered in the year 1104, in the isle of Eglis, one
of the Orcades, and was buried in the same. His tomb became famous
for the reputation of miracles, and the devotion of pilgrims. See
Hunter, de Viris Illustr. Scotiæ; Lesley, Descr Scot. p. 40;
King the ancient hymn in his honor, &c.