The City Of Love?
The City Of Love?
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A charity shop  window display in my locale of the Viccy Road in Glasgow professes ‘Love’ in the run-up to St Valentine’s day – but I wonder how many are aware as to why Glasgow is sometimes named ‘The City of Love’?  And no, it has nothing to do with all those famous ‘Glasgow kisses’ we’re so fond of giving.


Not far from the shop, what are said to be the “genuine remains” of the patron saint of lovers, dead more than 1700 years, are held in a church in the Gorbals.  St Valentine was martyred in 269AD and some of his alleged remains were brought to Glasgow by Franciscan monks.  There is a gold casket marked ‘Corpus Valenrini Martyris’ on display in the entrance to Blessed John Duns Scotus’ church.


These remains – along with other shrines and relics – would have been hidden in 1559 to save them from being destroyed by the merry band of reformers and Puritans who had accompanied John ‘No Popery Here!’ Knox when he returned to Scotland, as he preached against the veneration of Catholic idolatry. Back then, you see, it was far easier for Scottish men to ignore St Valentine’s Day, simply by claiming that fiery fire and brimstone Knox wouldn’t approve – and some do try this excuse even today!


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