Ss. Aaron and Julius and Companions, Martyrs of Caerleon, Wales
July 1 – St. Servan or Serf, Bishop, 6th or 8th century.
Much that is legendary has become mixed up with the history of this saint, and it is difficult to fix upon what is authentic.
He founded a monastery at Culross, Fifeshire, where he lived in great veneration on account of his virtues and miracles. He is said to have befriended the mother of S. Kentigern when she was cast on the shore near his dwelling, and to have baptised and educated her child. A very ancient life of St. Serf, however, places him a century later than St. Kentigern, and makes him contemporary with St. Adamnan.
On account of the many difficulties presented by conflicting traditions, it has been suggested that two saints of the same name have lived at Culross in different centuries.
St. Serf died at Culross in extreme old age, and was buried there. Within the grounds belonging to Lord Rosslyn at Dysart is pointed out the cave where the saint is said to have encountered and overcome the devil. The name Dysart (desert), which marked his place of retreat, became afterwards extended to the town which grew up there. The cave of the saint became a favourite place of pilgrimage.
The churches of Monzievaird – Perthshire, and Alva – Stirlingshire, were dedicated to this saint, and at each place is a well called by his name. Another well of his called “St. Shear’s Well” exists at Dumbarton. All three were considered miraculous. St. Serf’s Fairs were formerly held at Culross, Abercorn (Linlithgowshire) and Aberlednock (Perthshire). [At Culross ]
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