- Aiden …
Ordained at Dunadd by his cousin Colum Cille (St. Columba) in what was probably the first Christian coronation in Britain, Aiden was a descendant of Fergus Mor and did much to consolidate the kingdom of Dalriada. IONA This small barren island, a boat ride from Mull, has long been a place of pilgrimage and veneration. 360 crosses once dotted the island, a few of which remain. St Columba from Ireland landed here in AD 563 and founded a monastery from which missionaries went to convert the rest of Scotland. This monastery was destroyed by the Vikings, the restored abbey being a twelfth century Benedictine foundation. One of the most beautiful surviving Celtic manuscripts, The Book of Kells, was begun and perhaps completed at this monastery. St Columba died AD 597, but later the monk Aiden set out from Iona to begin another monastic tradition at Lindisfarne in Nortumbria. Many kings of Scotland, including Macbeth and Duncan, were buried on the island, which remains an important religious centre to this day.
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