September 13, 2018

St Mungo Festival 2021

A sincere thanks to the speakers and organisers that made the 2021 St Mungo Festival a reality this year and to all those who attended via Zoom or the website of Glasgow Churches Together. Sadly only one event had to be cancelled – the annual walk along the Molendinar Burn led by Catherine Mooney but our other events, held online, were a success. Now you can relive the events of the Festival at your leisure!

Our opening event on Thursday 7 January was the St Mungo Lecture ‘Medieval Glasgow in Scottish Literature’ given by Professor Gerry Carruthers of Glasgow University and chaired by Professor Stephen McKinney.

Saturday 9 January saw two events. First, the Opening of the Vita Kentigerni, organised by Glasgow Churches Together, Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council

Later that day was ‘Signs & Symbols: Glasgow’s Coat of Arms’ presented by Dr Gordon Wyllie WS and Revd Mark Johnstone, parish minister of Glasgow Cathedral, who are both Trustees of the Medieval Glasgow Trust, along with the Revd Canon Dr Joseph Morrow QC, Lord Lyon. Their presentation discussed the traces of the Coat of Arms of Glasgow in its Mediaeval Cathedral but managed to bring in everything from Clach nam Breatann, the Stone of the Britons near Loch Lomond to the Glengarnock Iron & Steel works. Dr Wyllie and the Revd Johnstone led the Question and Answer session after.

On Sunday was the Annual Ecumenical Service. While this is usually held in Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Churches Together put together a service of words and song in celebration of Mungo:

Tuesday 12 of January saw Mungo’s Bairn’s. See students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Local Primary Schools as they tell the story of Mungo through the St Mungo Cantata:

On the evening of the 12th, Stephen Callaghan presented his play Mungo: Legend of Glasgow’s Saint. Professor Stephen McKinney was in the chair and led the Question and Answer session after the play ended. Stephen Callaghan will be soon be putting the video of the play up on his website. Visit his website or keep an eye on his Twitter for updates.

The Feast Day of St Mungo would usually have seen Catherine Mooney guide a walk along the Molendinar Burn from Stepps to Glasgow Cathedral. Sadly, given Covid and the restrictions put in place to battle its spread, this wasn’t possible.

That evening was the annual Molendinar Lecture. Following a long line of prestigious speakers, Roderick Macpherson discussed the history of Glasgow from King Rhydderch Hael to the Enlightenment. A thousand years of coin and coining it in St Mungo’s city. Dr Gordon Wyllie of the Mediaeval Glasgow Trust chaired proceedings.

The concluding event of the St Mungo Festival 2021 was given by Catherine Mooney and chaired by Catherine McMaster of the Mediaeval Glasgow Trust. ‘An Archaeology of Memory: Scotland’s Early Saints’ discussed the stories of these saints in their environments. Photographs made by Catherine’s husband Thomas Joshua Cooper recorded these places and a selection of the many images Thomas made is shown during the talk.