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St Ninian
(Lived c. 400)

Missionary and saint

The first missionary sent out to Scotland from Rome to convert the people to Christianity. He chose Roman Carlisle as his first base, eventually setting up his church in Whithorn. He built on some of the networks the Romans had left, converting in the south west, as far north as Perth and west into Ireland. Ninian is said to have been buried at Whithorn, which later became one of the foremost centres of pilgrimage in Scotland.