CONNECTING ALL THE DOTS: Why the Apostle Andrew has meant so much to the Christian Church in Scotland

St Andrew2After the ascension of our Lord, the Apostle Andrew (the same of which many now call Saint Andrew) is not mentioned in the New Testament, but he is believed to have travelled as a missionary through Asiatic and European Scythia; to have afterwards passed through Thrace, Macedonia, and Epirus, into Achaia; and at a city of Patra, in the last-named region, to have suffered martyrdom about 70 A.D.

It is said that a Christian lady of rank, named Maximela, caused the body of St. Andrew to be embalmed and honourably interred, and then in the earlier part of the fourth century, the body was then removed by the Emperor Constantine to Byzantium, or Constantinople, -where it was deposited in a church erected in honour of the twelve apostles. The history of this relic does not end here, for we are informed that about thirty years after the death of Constantine in 368 A.D., a pious Greek monk, named Regulus, conveyed the remains of St. Andrew to Scotland, and there deposited them on the eastern coast of Fife, where he built a church, and where afterwards arose the renowned city and cathedral of St. Andrews.

Whatever credit may be given to this legend, it is certain that St. Andrew has been regarded from time immemorial as the patron saint of Scotland; and his day, November 30, is a favourite occasion of social and national reunion amid Scotchmen residing in England and other places where Scotchmen dwell.

–William Adamson