Cattán of Bute

Other names

Cathan, Chattan

Introduction

The first appearance of a Catán associated with Blane (and thus Bute) is in an annotation to Mart G. The entry says Cattan trednach tennócc - 'Cattán the abstinent stern warrior', the glass has aitte Blaain - 'Bláán's tutor or foster-father'. In readings from the Aberdeen Breviary (10 Aug) Catán is living on Bute when Blane returns to the island of his birth after seven years of study under Comgall and Kenneth in Ireland. He instructs Blane, trains him in morals, and ordains him to the priesthood. Dempster, usually very unreliable, claims he gets his information from George Newton, the author of an early 16th century lost life of Blane: 'Insula Buta Cathani episcopi, qui S. Blani ex Bertha sorore avunculus, unde Kilcathan locus dictus. Georg. Newton' (K. Dempster, 17th May). Colgan 1645 (Acta) draws on Newton via Dempster.

Associated places

Bute

Genealogies

No genealogy given in the Scottish tradition. Colgan says his father is Madane, and he is of royal race of Dál nAraide. He may have got this info from Newton. This would identify the saint with Catán m. Matain qv. In the lessons on Blane in the Aberdeen Breviary (10th August) Catán is brother of Ertha, mother of Blane. 'They drew their parentage from a noble Irish race'.

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Cattán (ns) (certain)

Same as Cattán m. Matáin (possible)

Related Personal Names

Name

Cattán (certain)

Feast days

Day of Year

Jan 10

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

This is not necessarily Catán of Bute. This date is nowhere else connected with any saint called Catán.

Notes

This is not necessarily Catán of Bute. This date is nowhere else connected with any saint called Catán.

Day of Year

May 17

Calendar

Calendar of Saints by Thomas Dempster

Source code

K. Dempster

Source title

Calendar of Saints by Thomas Dempster

Editors

Forbes, A. P.

Secondary Title

Kalendar of Scottish Saints

Pages

177-229

Year

1872

Quote from source

Insula Buta Cathani episcopi, qui S. Blani ex Bertha sorore avunculus, unde Kilcathan locus dictus. Georg. Newton. [ie Dempster is claiming to quote from George Newton here, author of a lost 16th century Life of Blane]

Day of Year

May 17

Calendar

Calendar of Saints by David Chambers

Source code

K. Camerarius

Author

Chambers, D.

Source title

Calendar of Saints by David Chambers

Editors

Forbes, A. P.

Secondary Title

Kalendar of Scottish Saints

Pages

233-243

Year

1872

Quote from source

Sanctus Cathanus Episcopus in Buta Scotiae Insula

Day of Year

Feb 1

Calendar

Martyrology of Gorman

Source code

Mart. G

Source title

Martyrology of Gorman

Editors

Stokes, Whitley

Year

1895

Notes

Full title is Félire Húi Gormáin, The Martyrology of Gorman edited from a manuscript in the Royal library, Brussels, with a preface, translation, notes and indices. It is published by the Henry Bradshaw Society.

Quote from source

Cattan trednach trednach tennócc - Cattán the abstinent stern warrior gloss:aitte Blaain - Bláán's tutor

Notes

This is the earliest link between Catán and Blane.

Day of Year

Feb 1

Calendar

The Martyrology of Donegal

Source code

Mart. Do.

Source title

The Martyrology of Donegal

Editors

Todd, J. H.

Year

1864

Notes

Other author to be specified.

Quote from source

'Catan, tutor of Blaan, ie of Blaan of Cenn-garadh. There is a Catan, son of Madan, of the race of Irial, son of Conal Cernach, who is of the Clanna-Rudhraighe.'

Notes

Note that the link with Catán m. Madáin is only a suggestion.

Day of Year

Jan 8

Calendar

‘Dean Brown’s Book of Hours’

Source code

K. Dean Brown

Author

McRoberts, D

Source title

‘Dean Brown’s Book of Hours’

Journal

Innes Review vol xix, 2

Volume

xix

Year

1968

Notes

This was written for James Brown, Dean of Aberdeen in the last decade of the fifteenth century. D. McRoberts, D., ‘Dean Brown’s Book of Hours’ in Innes Review vol. xix, 2, 1968.

Notes

This is not necessarily Catán of Bute