KENTIGERN, ken'ti-gern, SAINT: known also as St. Mungo: The apostle of the Strathclyde Britons and patron of the city of Glasgow; according to his twelfth-century lives, b. at Culross, probably in 518; d. in Glasgow Jan. 13, 603. His birth is surrounded with a halo of mystery, and his mother may have been a nun. He was trained in a monastic school at Culross, and in early manhood settled at Cathures (Glasgow) and became bishop of those who had remained Christian from the time of Ninian. Because of attacks from the heathen he went to Wales and founded there the monastery of Llanelwy (St. Asaph). In 573 the Christians gained the supremacy in the north and Kentigern returned. He reclaimed the Picts of Galloway and the Strathclyde Britons who had lapsed into paganism, visited the land northeast of the Forth, and is even said to have sent missionaries to the islands, to Norway, and to Iceland. His life was written by Jocelin of Furness, c. 1180.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Lives of St. Ninian and St. Kentigern, ed. A. P. Forbes, Edinburgh, 1874; idem, Kalendars of Scottish Saints, pp. 362-373, Edinburgh, 1872; T. MacLauchlan, The Early Scotch Church, chap. x., Edinburgh, 1865; DNB, xxxi. 26-27; DCB, 603-605 (excellent for sources).
KEPHART, kep'hart, ISAIAH LAFAYETTE: United Brethren; b. in Decatur Township, Pa., Dec. 10, 1832. He studied at Otterbein University, Westerville, O. (1857-61), was licensed to preach in 1859, joined the Allegheny Conference of his denomination, and was at East Salem, Pa., 1861-63. He was chaplain of the Twenty-First Pennsylvania Cavalry throughout the war, and preached at Hummelstown, Pa., 1865-67. He became principal of the public schools of Jefferson, Ia., 1867; superintendent of schools in Greene County, Ia., 1869; professor of natural science in Western College, Ia., 1871, actuary of the United Brethren Aid Society of Pennsylvania, residing at Lebanoa, Pa., 1876; professor of mental and moral science in San Joaquin Valley College, Cal., 1883; president of Westfield College, Westfield, Ill., 1885; editor of The Religious Telescope, the official organ of his denomination, 1889. He has written: Biography of Rev. Jacob S. Kessler (Dayton, O., 1867); Evils of the Use of Tobacco by Christians (1882); The Holy Spirit in the Devout Life (1904); and Life of Ezekiel Boring Kephart (1908).
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