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0721-09-01

The patron saint of Edinburgh and Elgin - and the patron saint of beggars and le

The patron saint of Edinburgh and Elgin - and the patron saint of beggars and lepers - St Giles died on this day in 721, 720 or 710, depending on which historical account is to be believed.

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Born in Athens of noble parentage, he left for France to pursue a life serving God, living the life of a hermit in the forests near Gardo. He was reportedly killed by a stray arrow fired at an animal taking sanctuary from the hunting party of Flavius Wamba, the King of the Goths.
St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh shows a depiction of the scene in the tympanum over the main doors.
St Giles is arguably the crowning achievement among Scottish houses of worship.

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