Ten Reasons Glasgow's The Greatest City In the World, #10
Glasgow is an interesting place. (Well it should be, it’s been around for nearly 1400 years). Her people have fought civil wars, welcomed and worshipped kings, discovered Oasis, gave birth to Billy Connolly, but is obviously most famous for our love of
the deep fried dinner Irn Bru.
With 1400 years of history to look back on, Glasgow Living has scoured the web to find you ten reasons why the “Dear Green Place” is the best city in the world.
10. St Valentine
The Gorbals is one of Glasgow’s most notorious areas, infamous in the past for its large scale drunkenness, poverty and terrifying razor gangs. It has in the last two decades, been completely rejuvenated, however its fearsome reputation remains.
One thing that the area tends not to be associated with is St Valentine: the patron saint of love. However there is strong evidence to suggest that the remains of St Valentine reside in the Blessed St John Duns Scotus Church, in the Gorbals.
More than one hundred years ago (1868 to be precise) the Franciscan Friars of St Francis Church in the Gorbals were asked by a local French family to take responsibility of St Valentine’s remains. The friars accepted the donation, but following that, his remains, lay untouched and undiscovered for more than a century. In 1999, by a complete stroke of luck, his remains were uncovered.
The friars moved premises in 1999, to the Blessed John Duns Scotus Friary in Ballater Street (where they remain) and amazingly during the removal, rediscovered a 3ft chest containing the ancient bones of St Valentine, the 3rd century Italian martyr. (And official patron saint of love, in case you weren’t aware).
Both Italy and Ireland refuted the claims of the Glaswegian church, claiming to both, own the official remains of Valentine, however it has never stopped the romantically inclined in Scotland, from proposing in front of the 3ft wide chest. It is also inscribed with the saying, “Corpus Valentini Martyris”.
Yes I’ve seen it in my time here. They just come in and get down on one knee and so on.
Rev Edmund Highton whilst speaking to the Scotsman explains. “Yes I’ve seen it in my time here. They just come in and get down on one knee and so on.”
An investigation was launched to find the origins of St Valentine’s remains, and the chequered history offered up some surprising events.
The Italian priest known as Valentine (there have been three people that historians have claimed as the original Valentine) became a martyr after he was hung drawn and quartered in the 3rd century.
Emperor Claudius of Rome, demanded he discontinue preaching and cease providing aid to Christians, who were actively repressed at the time. Valentine refused, which resulted in his imprisonment, death and eventual martyrdom.
In later years, the Church of Rome had a policy of presenting gifts to parishes throughout Europe (commonly known as reliquaries) and St Francis Church came to be presented with the partial remains of St Valentine.
It is said that resting within the 3ft chest in the Gorbals is the arm of St Valentine.
Well what do you think? Is Glasgow fitting of its City of Love title?
We’re going out on a “limb” here to say that Glasgow is worthy of the title, because its citizens would always be willing to lend others a “helping hand”…or arm (sorry).