Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Ronan of Kilmaronen

 also known as Ruadan, Ruadhan
Feast day: February 7
 Saint Ronan, a Scottish bishop of Kilmaronen, has erroneously bee identified as the Irish monk mentioned by the Venerable Bede as the defender of the Roman calculation for the date of Easter at the Synod of Whitby. St. Ronan's Well at Innerleithen, Peeblesshire, was popularized by one of Sir Walter Scott's novels. According to tradition, Ronan came into the valley and drove out the devil. This event is remembered annually at the end of "Saint Ronan's Games" in July when a schoolboy, given a pastoral staff, is chosen to
represent the saint as he "cleeks the devil" .

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