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Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73). Volume IV: April. The Lives of the Saints. 1866.

April 9

St. Dotto, Abbot

ONE of the isles of Orkney, in which he founded and governed a great monastery in the sixth century, bears his name to this day. In the same island stood other monasteries and churches dedicated to God under the patronage of St. Brenden. Though all the isles of Orkney are recommended for the healthfulness of the air, and longevity of the inhabitants, this of St. Dotto is remarkable above the rest on these accounts. Our saint lived near one hundred years, and with great joy repeated in his last moments: I have rejoiced in those things which have been told me: we will go into the house of the Lord.—Ps. cxxi. See Donald Monroe, De Insulis and Bishop Lesley’s nephew, De Sanctis Scotiæ.  1