Monastery where Christian saint was martyred is uncovered on Eigg – Heritage – Scotsman.com


Monastery where Christian saint was martyred is uncovered on Eigg – Heritage – Scotsman.com.

Students and local people have uncovered what are thought to be remains of St Donnans monastery

Students and local people have uncovered what are thought to be remains of St Donnans monastery

An ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig on a Scottish island has unearthed the remains of what is thought to be a monastery founded by one of the country’s first Christian saints.

St Donnan brought Christianity to many places in the West Highlands in the seventh century before settling on Eigg.

According to local folklore, he became a martyr after he was killed by Norsemen, along with 50 monks, while giving Mass on Easter Sunday in the year 617.