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By Fiona Reid
Pilgrim route opens

A NEW pilgrim route is linking the region to Glasgow and celebrates the life of a patron saint.

And the inaugural walk along the 150 mile St Kentigern Way will take place today (Fri).

A group from Annan will join up with other Pilgrim walkers as they follow in the steps of St Kentigern himself back in the 6th century.

Also known as St Mungo, Kentigern is the patron saint of Glasgow.

As a young man he established a monastic cell in what is now the city and from there he pursued his evangelical activities and became very well known. He went on to take his missionary activities throughout Scotland, including to the Solway area.

When he had to abandon Glasgow, he sought refuge at the court of Rheged and was then gifted a piece of land at Hoddom by the king. He set up an episcopal seat there, which it is said, grew to rival Lindisfarne in importance.

Today, only a graveyard marks the place where it once stood but archaeologists believe it was an extensive site.


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