Father Columba Edmonds

born 15 Apr 1861
died 10 September 1923 aged 62
clothed 17 February 1883
professed 20 February 1884
ordained 24 Nov 1888

Baptised George Edmonds.

Fr Columba was educated at the Abbey School from 1880-81.

He was an author and wrote 2 books;

  • The Early Scottish Church: Its Doctrine and Discipline (1906, 306 pages)

From the very earliest evidence of Christianity in Scotland, Edmonds details the history and evolution of the Church. Split into four parts, Edmonds details the most significant challenges and controversies the Scottish Church has faced over the centuries, including the dating of Easter, the “proper” practice for tonsure, and the tensions between the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon churches. Drawing on primary sources, Edmonds also describes the origins and evolution of the Church’s liturgy and ritual observances.

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  • The Religion of Saint Columba (1910, 18 pages)

Father Columba’s headstone in the monk’s cemetery

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