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A patron saint for the United Kingdom?

April 23rd, 2008 (06:42 pm)
current music: The Albion Country Band: The New St George

The Independent reports that Dr Ian Bradley from the University of St Andrews has proposed that St Aidan become patron saint of the United Kingdom. As someone for whom stories of Aidan, Oswald, Cuthbert and all were the stuff of first school history, I am attracted to this idea; though doubt whether a St Aidan's Day would at first attract even as little attention as St George's Day has until recently.


Posted by: brewsternorth (brewsternorth)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)

Does sound interesting, yes.

Though I don't know if the UK could be roused to much celebration on August 31st.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)

It could always be linked to the existing bank holiday, though I don't think that's celebrated in Scotland...

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)

St Edmund?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 23rd, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)

Yes - he was certainly popular (and we learned about him at school, too) and his story represented a particular strand of English Christianity. St Edward was a royal cult, of course.