St Andrew


Feast day 30 November
Died c.60
Brother of St Peter, fisherman by trade; disciple of St John the Baptist before following Christ. Always mentioned within the first four in all Gospel lists of the Apostles. Later history unknown though oldest written tradition links him with Greece.
Notable cult in the West where many churches were dedicated to him; ancient legends speak of a journey to Ethiopia and the translation of his bones, by St Rule, from Patras to Scotland in the 8th century. It was this story which appears in many guises that led to his adoption as patron of Scotland.
Generally depicted with the saltire cross ('X') which was first associated with him in the 10th Century and became common by the 14th.
D.H.Farmer The Oxford Dictionary of Saints 1978

Patron saint of Andreas Parish

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The stained glass is taken from one of the windows in St Johns.

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