Saint Baldred

(St Baldred, St. Balthere)

c.700 - 757

East Lothian Coastline (St. Baldred's Boat)
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East Lothian Coastline (St. Baldred's Boat)

Evangelist and hermit. Baldred seems to have come from Lindisfarne in Northumbria to spread Christianity to the Lothians. He founded a Monastery at Tyninghame and choose a life of seclusion. He lived in a cell on the Bass Rock (off North Berwick) and probably died there. His followers dedicated churches in his honour and his name is remembered in St. Baldred's Boat (the point immediately south of the Bass Rock, opposite Tantallon Castle), the nearby St. Baldred's Cave (where he may also have lived) and St. Baldred's Cradle (which lies at the northwest end of the John Muir Country Park, nearer Dunbar).

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