ST. MARNAN, B. C.
TO his holy prayers Aidan, king of the Scots,
ascribed a wonderful victory which he gained over Ethelfrid, the
pagan king of the Northumbrian English; and by his councils Eugenius
lV., who succeeded his father Aidan in the kingdom soon after this
battle, treated all the prisoners with the utmost humanity and
generosity, by which they were gained to the Christian faith. The
Northumbrian princes, Oswald and Oswi, were instructed in our holy
religion, and grounded in its spirit by St. Marnan, who died in
Annandale in the year 620. His head was kept with singular devotion
at Moravia, and was carried in processions attended by the whole clan
of the Innis’s, which from the earliest times was much devoted
to this saint. See the Breviary of Aberdeen, Buchanan,1. 5, in Aidano
et Eugcnio Regibus, and MS. Memoirs in the Scottish college at Paris.
St. Marnan is titular saint of the church of Aberkerdure upon the
river Duvern, formerly much frequented out of devotion to his relics