Mungo's Name Day

This year Mungo's Name day was on 14th January 2017

Mungo is derived from the Gaelic, 'darling'; Mungo has a name day of 14th January and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.
This Name has no alternative spellings or shorter versions

Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Mungo has the following symbols associated

  • A ring and a fish

Historically Famous Mungos

Mungo, in fact, is the nickname of Bishop Kentigern, who is thought to have founded the church at Glasgow, and who died c. 612. There are stories of him being forced to flee to Wales, where he was able to found a monastery. St Asaph succeeded Kentigern as Abbot when he returned to Scotland by order of King Red erech, who was a Christian. No one knows the truth of all this, nor of the extraordinary miracles attributed to him, but the emblems of one of them - a ring and a fish - are on the heraldic arms of Glasgow city, of which he is patron. The story goes that the queen gave a ring, which had been her husband's present to her, to a knight of his court with whom she was in love. While the king and the knight were out hunting one day, they rested by a river. The knight fell asleep and the king noticed the ring on his finger. Suppressing his rage, he slipped the ring off and threw it into the river, saying nothing. When he returned home, however, he demanded the ring of his wife and when she could not produce it, ordered her execution. She could get no help from the knight, so she begged help from St Kentigern. He was filled with pity for her, since his own mother, a Pictish princess, had been seduced by Eugenius III, king of the Scots. So he prayed that the woman would be granted time for repentance. The ring was miraculously recovered from the belly of a salmon caught in the Clyde, and the queen lived to do penance and to become a faithful wife.

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