Alexander, Scottish prince

Other names

Alchenter?

Introduction

Stories about this saint are given by Chalmers in 1631 (Camerarius, de fortitudine, 166), and cited by Forbes, who regards him as a 'doubtful saint'. There is said to have been a fair commemorating Alexander at Keith in Banffshire (Paul 1916, 165). It is said to have been on the 6th August, but no references are given and he may have taken the information from Forbes (Forbes, Kalendars, 270). He is alleged to have been a Scottish prince who became a Cistercian in France. He was the brother of St Matilda, who is otherwise unknown. This information taken together suggests that the Alexander in question may be Alexander I, king of Scots (1107-24). He certainly had a sister called Matilda, who was married to Henry I of England. Both Alexander and Matilda had a great reputation for piety and devotion to the church, though the story of Alexander's becoming a Cistercian does not fit with the evidence. In spite of his pious reputation, with the exception of the well and chapel in Dunipace which may or may not commemorate Alexander I, there is no other evidence of his having been regarded as a saint. His sister Matilda was buried in Westminster Abbey, and enjoyed a minor reputation for sanctity, though it seems that her cult was not given formal recognition.

Gender

Male

Territory or Ethnicity (broad)

Scottish

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Alexander, Alchenter (ns)

Same as Alchenter

There is a well and chapel in Dunipace parish whose saint is given interchangeably as Alchenter and Alexander.

Related Personal Names

Name

Alexander

Feast days

Day of Year

August 6