Dunblane Cathedral

The Freelance History Writer

Dunblane Cathedral (Photo by Kevin Rae from Wikimedia Commons) Dunblane Cathedral (Photo by Kevin Rae from Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Blane was born on the Isle of Bute and became a Bishop and Confessor in Scotland among the Picts. He died in 590 AD. Christianity was first practiced in Dunblane by followers of Saint Blane around the year 602 AD. The name Dunblane (Fort of Blane) most likely came to be used by monks who fled from the Isle of Bute with the relics of their beloved saint to escape from the Viking raids. There has been a religious center on the site of the Cathedral since at least the ninth century. A Catholic bishopric of Dunblane was founded by the Earl of Stathearn about 1155.

Clement, the first member of the Dominican Order in Britain and Ireland to become a bishop was chosen to lead the ailing diocese of Dunblane in 1233. When he took over there was probably…

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