Fillan of Strathfillan

Introduction

This saint is a hybrid of the other three Fáeláns in this database. The feast day is the same as Fáelán of Cluain Móescne but the story that he was born with a stone in his mouth suggests a primary characteristic of Fáelán m. Óengusa or Fáelán amlabair i Straith Eret – ‘that splendid mute’. Another Fáelán – Fáelán m. Findloga of Cell Tulach – is also said to be mute (Ó Riain, Dictionary, 304). The readings in the Aberdeen Breviary. about Congan say his brothers are called Fursu and Ultan, which suggests influence from the cult of Fáelán, brother of Fursu of Peronne. The first place in which an association is made between Fáelán and Kentigerna is the Aberdeen Breviary. Here he is tutored by Ibar (presumably supposed to be bishop Ibar m. Lugna ob AU 500, 501 or 504), is a monk under Fintán Munnu (ob AU 635) and is daughter of a woman who died in AU 734. It seems that Brev. Ab. represents traditions originally attached to more than one Fáelán. For a full analysis of the cult of Fáelán in Scotland see Taylor 2001a Ó Riain calls Fáelán of Clúain Moescna ‘Faolán of Strathfillan’ (Ó Riain, Dictionary, 305)

Associated places

Leinster, Glendochart and Strathfillan (Perthshire), Lochalsh (Wester Ross) (all Brev. Ab.)

Genealogies

Son of Feriach / Feredach and Kentigerna (ob. AU 734), the daughter of Cellach Cualann, a Uí Máil king of Leinster who died in 715 AU (Brev. Ab.).

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Fáelán, Fillan (ns)

Related Personal Names

Name

Fáelán (certain)

Feast days

Day of Year

Jan 9

Calendar

Kalendarium Breviarii Aberdonensis

Source code

K. Brev. Ab.

Source title

Kalendarium Breviarii Aberdonensis

Editors

Forbes, A. P.

Secondary Title

Kalendar of Scottish Saints

Pages

111-124

Year

1872

Notes

Kal. Brev. Ab. Kalendarium Breviarii Aberdonensis, in Forbes 1872, 111-124

Quote from source

Felani abbatis

Day of Year

Jan 9

Calendar

Scottish Entries in the Martyrology of Aberdeen

Source code

Mart. Ab.

Source title

Scottish Entries in the Martyrology of Aberdeen

Editors

Forbes, A. P.

Secondary Title

Kalendar of Scottish Saints

Pages

125-137

Year

1872

Notes

Mart. Ab. Scottish Entries in the Martyrology of Aberdeen, in Forbes 1872, 125-137

Quote from source

v. Idus Januarij. - In Scocia Sancti Felani abbatis apud Strathfillane qui a puericie primordiis tanta discipline regiditate carnem afflixit vt posterum sensualitatis et viciorum refrenendi motus preberet exemplum

Day of Year

Jan 9

Calendar

Fowlis Easter Breviary, NLS MS 21247

Source code

Fowlis Easter Brev.

Source title

Fowlis Easter Breviary, NLS MS 21247

Notes

Fowlis Easter Fowlis Easter Breviary, NLS MS 21247

Quote from source

S' Fulani abbatis

Day of Year

Jan 9

Calendar

Glenorchy Psalter, BL Egerton 2899

Source code

Glenorchy psalter

Source title

Glenorchy Psalter, BL Egerton 2899

Notes

Glenorchy psalter The Glenorchy Psalter (British Library, Egerton 2899)

Quote from source

S Felan

Day of Year

Jan 9

Calendar

Calendar of Adam King

Source code

Adam King

Author

Adam King

Source title

Calendar of Adam King

Editors

A.P.Forbes

Secondary Title

Kalendar of Scottish Saints

Pages

141-171

Year

1872

Quote from source

S. Filane abbot in Scotland. 703