|The Cathedral of Saint Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland, at about 1:20 PM.|
Existence aside, Machan has some cool legends to his credit. Angels sang by his crib when he was a baby. As a small child, he touched the body of his stillborn brother and brought the infant to life. While a disciple of St. Columba, he cured seven lepers and turned a fierce wild boar to stone. Harried by his growing fame, he was dispatched by Columba to the Picts, a most Christianity-resistant people. He is said to have founded the church at Aberdeen there; that church, once called St. Machan's is now the High Kirk of the Church of Scotland in the Presbytery of Aberdeen.
|Aer Lingus' St. Machan?|
Perhaps Machar is an invention of the early forerunner of the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce. But if so, why did they not invent a set of bones to for the gullible to venerate as well? True, Tours does not have a grave for him either, but Europe was ravaged by waves of Northmen who seemed to delight in disrespecting shrines. For now, I'll insist that Saint Machar, the patron of big brothers who take care of their younger siblings, is a real saint. When Aer Lingus names a plane after him, I will have all the confirmation I need.