Calendar of Scottish Saints – Saint Angus

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At Balquhidder, in Perthshire, there is a local tradition regarding a saint of this name. He is said to have been a disciple of Saint Columba, and to have preached the Faith in that neighbourhood. His name is preserved in the Clach Aenais (Stone of Angus), a slab bearing a representation of a priest holding a chalice. This stone formerly stood within the old church at Balquhidder, and it was the custom to stand or kneel upon it during the solemnization of a baptism or marriage. As this rite seemed to Presbyterian authorities to savour of superstition, the stone was removed to the churchyard about a century ago. Near the church are the foundations of the “Chapel of Angus.” A hillock hard by is pointed out as the spot where the saint preached, and it still bears his name.

“Angus Fair” was formerly held at King’s House, in the parish of Balquhidder, on the Wednesday after the second Tuesday in August.

This locates the saint’s feast-day (which the fair doubtless commemorated) in the early part of August, although the exact date is uncertain.

MLA Citation

  • Father Michael Barrett, OSB. “Saint Angus”. The Calendar of Scottish Saints, 1919. Saints.SQPN.com. 9 June 2014. Web. 18 September 2014. <>