St. Ninian

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Saint Ninian (traditionally 4th-5th century) is a Christian saint associated with the arrival of Christianity in Southern Scotland. Little is known about Ninian apart from his year of death, c.612.<ref>Michael Lynch, Scotland, A New History, 30</ref> Some historians have speculated that Ninian is a composite figure created in later sources.<ref>Lynch, New History, 30</ref> An eighth century work, the Miracula Nyniae, has been used to date Ninian's career to the fifth century, making him a contemporary of St. Patrick in Ireland. Ninian's major shrine was at Whithorn in Galloway, where he is associated with the Candida Casa (Latin for 'White House'). Nothing is known about his teachings, and there is no unchallenged authority for information about his life.