Saint Triduana

(St. Triduana)

4th C. - 5th C.

Triduana is said to have accompanied St. Rule on his 4th Century journey with the bones of St. Andrew. Triduana was a pretty Greek girl, noted particularly for beautiful blue eyes. She is said to have settled into a life of religious seclusion at Rescobie (Angus). However, she was pursued by Nectan, King of the Picts, who tried to persuade her to become his wife. On realising that Nectan had been attracted by her eyes, she tore them out with a thorn and sent them to the King. She was thus able to continue her pious life. She moved to Restalrig (Edinburgh) where she healed the blind, who often travelled great distances to visit her.

St. Triduana's Well in Restalrig is said to have brought relief to those with eye complaints and blindness in mediaeval times. A small statue of the saint looks down from the roof of the well.

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