St Bridget


Feast Day 1st Feb
Died c525
Historical facts are extremely rare, so much so that her existence has been doubted though many anecdotes and miracle stories are deeply rooted in Irish pagan folklore.
Believed to have been born near Kildare, to have become a nun at an early age and to have founded the monastery of Kildare. Her cult is second only to that of St Patrick among the Irish and Irish influenced churches.
The Book of Armagh states that St Bridget (or Bride) journeyed to Mann to receive the veil at the hands of Bishop McCuill; and that she founded the Nunnery at Douglas. Blundel retells this as:

The renown of his [St Maughold's] sanctity was so great that it was divulged of him as that the famous St Bridget, one of the three patrons of Ireland, left her native country of Ireland, then commonly called the Island of Saints, yet was she not veiled by St. Patrick, although very familiar with him, and made the shroud wherein he died, but it may be by his command that she came into the Island of Man with three virgins more in her company, all which received the white veil of virginity at the hands of the venerable bishop St. Maughold, as her own nephew Cogitosus (who lived in her time and wrote her hfe) has said, and after it seems she would not part from that house wherein so holy a man lived, and he had given her such satisfaction, and builded a monastery there for herself and the three virgins that accompanied her in this Isle of Man. And there lived, died, and was buried, and after was translated into Duno in Ireland, to be put in the same tomb where was buried St. Patrick and St. Columbus [sic]

Patron saint of Bride Parish


D.H.Farmer The Oxford Dictionary of Saints 1978
I. Macdonald (ed) Saint Bride Edinburgh:Floris Books, 1992 (ISBN 0-86315-142-6)

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The stained glass is taken from one of the windows in St Johns.

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