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.

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.