St. Patrick

We shall speak in this chapter on the birth-place of St. Patrick. It is a much disputed question, and learned and honest writers have formed different opinions on the point. If the birth-place of the Saint cannot be identified, it is not from want of material, as there exists an abundance of material bearing on the subject. We have first of all the Confession of the Saint, which all admit to be genuine, and his Epistle to Coroticus, a great portion of which is said to be spurious, and then we have several lives, some of them written by men who were contemporaries of Patrick. We shall here insert passages from those works bearing on the subject, and then draw our conclusions.

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