Saint Machar

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Machar was a 6th-century Irish Saint active in Scotland.

Much of what is claimed to be known about St Machar derives from the Aberdeen Breviary, a work compiled in the late fifteenth to early sixteenth centuries, long after the traditional date of Machar's life. It is therefore hard to assess its reliability.

One recent theory is that St Machar and St Mungo were the same person, on the grounds of a possible link between their names (Colm Ó Baoill, St Machar - some linguistic light?, Innes Review XLIV, p. 1-13).

The Machar oil field in the North Sea is named after the saint.

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