January 19

St. Fillan

Saint Fillan

Early Life

Saint Fillan was born of Royal descent. Fillan, Also called Foelan insome literature, was born around 695 A.D. His Father was Feriach who issaid to be King Dalirada’s child and his mother was Kentigerna, daughterof Cellach Cualann who was King of Leinster.

He became a monk very early in his youth, getting inducted in the abbeyof Saint Fintan Munnu. He continued to live in the Monastery until theyear 717 when he accompanied his mother, who would later be named aSaint, to Scotland.

Devotion and Dedication

There is no complete biography of Saint Fillan and so what he did inScotland is not recorded in Detail.

However, history agrees that Saint Fillan lived as a Hermit in Scotland.He settled down at Loch Duich with his mother, his uncle Prince SaintComgan, and his unnamed siblings.

Later on, Saint Fillan moved on to Taghmon where he served as a monktemporarily. There he lived a monastic life although he spent timepreaching the gospel with his mother.

In the 8th century, he moved on to Pittenweem or the Place of the Cave.This place was located in the east of Scotland, someplace named Fife.There, he resumed living his life in solitude.

In Pittenweem, Saint Fillan was elected and served as Abbot.

Although he spent most of his life living as a hermit in Glendochart,Saint Fillan built Churches in Galloway, Islay, and eventually,Glendochart.


Saint Fillan was also affiliated with a small village called Killinwhere it is believed that he built a mill.

Although it was claimed that Saint Fillan performed miraculous healingon the sick, there is much folklore that circulates concerning thisrevered saint.

Some claim that Saint Fillan possessed a bright glow in his left armwhich he used to study the scriptures at night.

Other stories attribute more extreme types of miracles to him. Oneversion claims that when Saint Fillan was plowing the fields near hishome in Killin, a wolf killed the ox he was using to transport buildingmaterials for the church.

Because Fillan could not continue, he prayed and the wolf took up hisdead Ox’s work.


Saint Fillan died in Strathfillan in 770.

Even after death, Saint Fillan is said to have still performed miracles.In the 19th century, mentally ill people were said to have been dunkedin Saint Fillan’s Pool, tied to pews, and left overnight.

It was said that whoever’s bonds were loosened by morning was healed.

Saint Fillan’s relics are known to have performed some notable miracles.For example, king Robert the Bruce used The Mayne, Fillan’s arm bone, towin the Bannockburn battle. He then built a monastery to thank SaintFillan.

Saint Fillan’s bell, The Bernane, rests in the Scottish NationalMuseum in Edinburgh and his staff is in the Museum of Scotland.

Saint Fillan was canonized Pre-Congregation. He is remembered by theRoman Catholic Church on the 19th of January.

5 Interesting Facts About St. Fillan

  1. Did you know that Saint Fillan is the Patron Saint of the mentally
  2. Did you know that there is a locality in New South Wales, Australia,
    named after Saint a Fillan?
  3. Did you know that in Killin, there are stones claimed to have Saint
    Fillan’s power of healing?
  4. Did you know that Saint Fillan’s cave in Pittenweem which now
    belongs to St John’s Episcopal Church is a regular spot for
  5. Did you know that for some time, Saint Fillan’s cave fell out of
    favor as a shrine? It was used by smugglers and to store fishing
    nets. However, it was rededicated by the Bishop of St Andrews in
    1935 and is now a place for worship.

Prayer to St. Fillan

Dear St. Fillan, Please pray for our family and friends being murderedby the Freemasons.Please intercede for them and like you once had a wolf carry your boxesload print our enemies to do the same for the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.