||Two saints are credited
with bringing Christianity to Scotland. Saint Ninian, who came about 1600
years ago, and Saint Columba, who came about 1500 years ago, the same time
as the first recorded sighting of Nessie. This is also the same time
Merlin came to Scotland. While no record exists that Saint Ninian met the
Lochness monster, the Tara Brooch (pictured above) is associated with him
and it features the carving at left which is definitely a serpent.
Most people think this is the Midgard Serpent from Norse mythology, but
nobody knows for sure.
The story about Saint Columba is more
exciting. Saint Columba is recorded as restoring a man to life after
Nessie killed him.
A third Christian Saint , Saint Fillan, is also
associated with Loch Ness. One story says that the monster was threatening
his congregation. Saint Fillan held up his cross and told the
monster to return to the deep. Nessie obeyed.