Poet, Priest, Peacemaker: The Legacy of St Columba

Alex Aldred, writer-in-residence with Historic Environment Scotland, takes a look at the patron saint of poets: Saint Columba.

Since we’re in the midst of celebrating World Poetry Day, let’s discuss the patron saint of poets himself. You may know him by his Gaelic name (Colmcille)? Or perhaps its Latin equivalent (Columba). This historic figure’s influence can still be felt in Scotland today – and, this year, HES are participating in an extensive celebration of St Columba’s life and legacy, demarcating the 1500th anniversary of his birth.

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