Saint Fridolin

Fridolin, Saint, patron of the Canton of Glarus in Switzerland, was an Irish missionary who flourished in the early part of the 7th century. The German form of his name "is to be accounted for by the common practice of translating Celtic names, or accommodating them by transformations, more or less violent, to the genius of the languages spoken in the regions where the Irish missionaries settled." All authorities refer his birth and mission to Ireland, whence he set out as a pilgrim. He is often styled "Viator," which title is borne out by his appearance on the seal and banner of Glarus. He finally settled on the island of Seckingen in the Rhine, above Basle; and there his remains are said to have been buried. His festival is the 6th March.


233a. Maranus and Anianus, SS. in Royal Irish Academy Proceedings: Rev. W. Reeves, D.D. 1863.