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Contents Acknowledgements ix List of Tables x Abbreviations xi Introduction 1 1 Patrons: Saints and Sovereignty in Medieval Scotland 14 1 The Independence of the Scottish Church and the Earliest History of the Scots 15 2 The Death of Alexander III and the Seal of the Guardians 22 3 Patron Saints in the Wars of Independence 28 4 Andrew and the Scots in the Later Middle Ages and the Chronicles of Wyntoun and Bower 34 5 The Rise of Ninian and the New Histories of the Sixteenth Century 41 6 Andrew, Ninian and the Historical Tradition 46 2 Protection and Salvation: Devotion to the Saints 47 1 Fasts and Feasts. Scottish Calendars and the Aberdeen Breviary 48 2 Seeking the Miraculous. Pilgrimage in Late Medieval Scotland 59 3 Preparing for the Hereafter. Dedications to the Saints in Scottish Churches 70 4 John, Mary and Mungo. Names in Late Medieval Scotland 89 5 Nationalism or Localism? Placing Devotion to Scottish Saints in Context 92 3 Kind Neighbours: Ninian and the Saints of Scotland in the Later Middle Ages 94 1 The Ninian Debate 95 2 Ninian and the Scottish Crown 96 3 Miracles and Shrine Management at Whithorn 100 4 Crossing Borders. Devotion to Ninian Outside Scotland 108 5 Duthac of Tain. The Demi-God of Ross 116 6 Kings, Merchants and the Common People. The Devotees of St Duthac 119 7 Duthac's Hair Shirt and Other Miracles 124 8 The New Friends. Fillan, Monan and Triduana 127 9 The Old Friends. Columba and Kentigern 133 10 New Old Saints in Late Medieval Scotland 138 4 Politics: The Stewart Kings and Scottish Saints, c. 1440-1560 140 1 Periphery and Core in Fifteenth-century Scotland 141 2 The Pilgrim Kings. James iv and James v 146 3 Exploiting the Power of the Saints 153 Conclusion 154 Epilogue 157 1 Fire and Water. The Reformation and the End of the Age of the Saints 157 2 The Return of the Saints? Catholicism in the Twenty-First Century and Tourism 160 Bibliography 163 1 Primary Sources: Manuscripts 163 2 Printed Primary and Secondary Sources 165 Index 185

About the Author

Tom Turpie gained his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 2011. He is the author of several articles on the cult of the saints in medieval Scotland.


"[A] nuanced and precise analysis of the deeply personal and localised nature of devotion to saints across the Middle Ages." Claire Harrill, Journal of the Northern Reniassance, Reviews Published in 2016, URL:, Date accessed: 22 December, 2016.

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