9 Nov 2009

Green Man in Dunblane Cathedral

This is a carving of the Green Man found under a folding seat in Dunblane Cathedral in Perthshire, Scotland.

The name Dunblane is a Christian name, and signifies "The Fort of Blane," Blane being the name of a 6th-century Irish Saint, who was born and based in the Isle of Bute but seems to have been active in several areas including Pethshire.

It seems odd that a saint should need a fort, suggesting that in this case Christianity may have been forced on the local inhabitants by military force.

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