Brogan (or Brocan)

Brogan (Or Brocan)

is the name of two Irish saints.

1. BROGAN CLOEN was the disciple of St. Ultan of Ardbraccan, uncle of St. Brigida; he is said to have put into rhythmical form in Irish the accounts of St. Brigida's virtues and miracles which St. Ultan had gathered and placed in his hand. This Irish hymn Colgan has translated into Latin, and given in his Trias Thaumaturga as the "First Life of St. Brigida" according to Colgan, reasoning from its own preface, it was composed about A.D. 525. But Lanigan (Eccl. Hist. I. 1:379) follows Ware in reckoning him among the writers of the 7th century. Colgan seems to identify him with Brecan of Rosluirc, on account of residence and day of dedication.

2. BROGAN OF MAETHAIL-BROGAIN, commemorated July 8, is said to have been one of the sons of Gollit the Welshman and of Tigrida, sister of St. Patrick, who accompanied their uncle into Ireland. He was bishop of Breghmagh or Maghbregh, in Meath, among the Ui Tortail tribe, near Ardbraccan, though Evinus also calls him presbyter. He founded the abbey of Mothell, county Waterford. In the calendars le is called "Brogan the scribe," and in the Four Masters, A.D. 448, we have in St. Patrick's household "Brogan the scribe of his school." In the Introduction of the Mart. Doneg. edited by Drs. Todd and Reeves, there is mentioned, among "the more famous books," "The Books of Brogan Scribhnii" (page 38), and in the Book of Lecan "Priest Brogan" is one of St. Patrick's "two writers."

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