Curetán ( Latin: Curitanus, Kiritinus, or Boniface) was a Scoto- Pictish bishop and saint, who between 690 and 710. He is listed as one of the witnesses in the floruit , where he is called "Curetan epscop". In the Cáin Adomnáin Matyrology of Tallaght he is called "of Ross Mand Bairend" and in the Martyrology of O'Gorman he is styled "bishop and abbot of Ross maic Bairend". His bishopric is usually held, and with good reason, to have been [1 ] Ross, the seat of which was at the settlement in the Black Isle called Ros-Maircnidh or Rosemarkie, named after the adjacent promontory
A hagiography of Curetán is found in the sixteenth century
MS known as the , where his Breviary of Aberdeen occurs under the name "Boniface". vita In this hagiography, his Latin name is accompanied by a story of his [2 ] Hebrew origins, a descendant of the sister of Saint Peter and Saint Andrew, who was first ordained as a priest by the Patriarch of Jerusalem, before travelling to Rome and becoming Pope, later resigning and moving to Pictland. The story is similar to that in the , and it has been conjectured that both were the product of the Romanizing faction in the Life of St. Serf Easter Controversy. There are [3 ] place-name commemorations to Saint Curetán along Glen Urquhart, Strathglass, Glen Glass, Loch Ness and the Cromarty Firth. Curetán-Boniface is also associated with the churches of [4 ] Restenneth and Invergowrie, churches which, like Rosemarkie, both have dedications to Saint Peter. [5 ]
^ William J. Watson, The Celtic Place-Names of Scotland, (Edinburgh, 1926) reprinted, with an Introduction, full Watson bibliography and corrigenda by Simon Taylor (Edinburgh, 2004), p. 315.
^ Williams, Smyth, & Kirby, D.P., (eds.), A Biographical Dictionary of Dark Age Britain, (London, 1991), s.v. "Curetan", p. 94.
^ Williams et al., op. cit., p. 95.
^ Alfred Smyth, Warlords and Holy Men, (Edinburgh, 1984), pp. 127-8.
^ Williams et al., loc. cit., p. 94
References [ edit ]
Anderson, Alan Orr, Early Sources of Scottish History: AD 500–1286, 2 Vols, (Edinburgh, 1922), Vol. I. Smyth, Alfred,
Warlords and Holy Men, (Edinburgh, 1984)
Watson, W.J., The Celtic Place-Names of Scotland, (Edinburgh, 1926) reprinted, with an Introduction, full Watson bibliography and corrigenda by Simon Taylor (Edinburgh, 2004), pp. 315, 441, 496 Williams, Anne, Smyth, Alfred P., and Kirby, D.P., (eds.),
A Biographical Dictionary of Dark Age Britain, (London, 1991), s.v. "Curetan", pp. 94–5