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Dec 19, 2016 Tijana Radeska. Wha’s like us? ‘Here’s tae us. The trouble is, of course, we’re into an area where a lack of evidence combined with the great passage of time, healthy doses of religious mythology, vested interest and cynical exploitation, makes the truth a little hard to discern. As well as being the patron saint of Scotland, St Andrew is the patron saint of Amalfi, Barbados, Greece, Romania, Russia, the Ukraine, singers, spinsters, would-be mothers, fishmongers and fishermen, gout and sore throats. As far as crucifixion on a cross, the Romans had that down to a science and in the first century were crucifying thousands for various and sundry things that irritated the state. Menu. … Loved your history. We discovered that the loss of Andrew’s digits, knee-cap etc have been compensated for by the arrival of a new cult, called golf. . A white saltire on a sage green background is said to have appeared on the standard of the Earl of Douglas at the Battle of Otterburn in 1388. St Andrew's Day: 5 facts about St Andrew you need to know. St Andrew’s apostolic heritage would always make him an important figure to the early Christian church. Both were formed by people of Scottish heritage for philanthropic purposes. Scots get a bank holiday as it was made a national holiday in recent years - but employers are not obliged to give their workers a day off. If, in the 21st century, you should inexplicably find the whole business of relocating and venerating bones just a wee bit bizarre, and maybe a tad macabre, that’s perfectly OK. Don’t get me wrong – of course there are St Andrew’s Day events – but it seems like St Andrew’s Day, the big holiday celebration, is too recent a notion to have become a fixture on most people’s calendars. He was martyred on a cross and relics of Andrew are scattered within the many countries who claim him as their patron saint. Most informative and comprehensive, Mike – thank-you! A search on the Internet revealed absolutely nothing at all for that, and indeed no significant organisation in Scotland whatsoever; but there are plenty of St Andrew’s Societies located all over the world, including in Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Bradford, Hawaii, London, Montreal, Panama, Surbiton and West Australia. The legends are based on two of the oldest biblical manuscripts, one of which is now in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris and the other in the British Library in London. According to one of the legends, Andrew was a tireless preacher who traveled all the way from Asia Minor to Ireland. If you haven’t visited, it is a lovely place, by the way. We sometimes need to ask ourselves “qui bono?” – who benefits – from a particular claim. He was widely venerated; there are hundreds of churches dedicated to him – 600 pre-Reformation churches in England alone, apparently. Didn’t they crucify about 6,000 at the end of the Third Servile War (Spartacus Revolt)? I’m sure Andrew himself would have rejoiced at that! That was a super run through. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Molly visits Pevensey Castle, a Very Important Place, Finding George on Portsmouth’s Naval Memorial, Barrington Court: bring on the empty mansion, The St Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, website for St Mary’s cathedral in Edinburgh. Given your usual comprehensive research, I’ll let you off not knowing how his remains got Rome. Interesting stuff, especially the history of the saltire. We pay for videos too. The Saltire (or “St. Regulus had a vision in which an angel told him that the apostle’s relics would be taken to Constantinople (Istanbul), so he decided to hide some of them before this removal could happen. So Regulus set sail and eventually came ashore on the headland of Fife Ness in what is now Scotland, anciently known as Muck Ross, in the village of Cennrigmonaid, or Kilrymont, which later became the town of St Andrews. View our online Press Pack. Here is another read from us: Arnold of Soissons: the patron saint of beer. Very interesting, and a great write up! Great ‘beam me up’ joke. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. According to the Scottish Government’s website, St Andrew’s Day “is usually marked with a celebration of Scottish culture, including dancing, music, food and drink, with parties going on long into the cold winter night.” Forgive my scepticism, but the present Mrs Britain is a proud Scot, who has never celebrated St Andrew’s Day and can’t recall any of her countrymen doing so. St Andrew was the first of the twelve apostles and St Peter’s older brother. Relics… we can never know if the claims are true but it does give us an excuse to explore history in greater depth , The foundation of St Andrews and the saint’s association with Scotland is based on the belief that some of his bones were transported there, either by Regulus or Acca, long before some of his other remains were allegedly taken from Constantinople to Amalfi. Anyway, you’ll be delighted to hear that, in 1879, the Archbishop of Amalfi gave an alleged piece of St Andrew’s shoulder blade to the re-established Roman Catholic Church in Scotland. I prefer the cathedrals where something of the building was left as a ruin to see. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). I would prefer to remember him in real life as recorded in the New Testament accounts you describe. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Luca Demarco, six months old, who will be enjoying his very first St Andrew's Day this year, as the programme for Scotland's Winter Festivals 2016-17 was launched, The Scottish Flag gets its recognisable diagonal cross from St Andrew himself, who was said to be crucified on one, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Yes, apparently curling dates back to the 16th century, at least. I’m glad old Jose Gaspar hasn’t been forgotten…. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. Prior to becoming a follower of Christ and an apostle, Andrew was a disciple of St. John the Baptist.

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