St Thenue - the mother of the patron of Glasgow. by wag864

St Thenue - the mother of the patron of Glasgow.

New addition to the Glasgow street murals - created by artist Mark Worst.

The mural of St Thenue - who was also known as St Enoch – is painted on a tenement gable wall and shows her surrounded by fishes.

Legend has it that St Thenue had a traumatic upbringing as the princess of a pagan king. As a young, pregnant and unmarried woman in the 6th or 7th century her father ordered her to be hurled from a hill in East Lothian known as ‘Traprain Law’.

When she survived the fall she was put in a small boat and cast adrift in the Firth of Forth to perish. The boat, however, drifted over to Culross in Fife where she was given sanctuary and gave birth to Mungo who later came to Glasgow and founded the Cathedral.The fish connection stems from the fact that fish were believed to have guided the coracle to the shore.

The shawl which St Thenue is wearing features 29 motifs in the fabric – a recognition of the 1889 Templetons carpet factory disaster nearby in which 29 young women and girls died after a wall collapsed onto a weaving shed.
Beautiful artwork
October 2nd, 2020  
So much story to tell through the mural. Fascinating, and very well done.
October 2nd, 2020  
Such a lovely mural. Thanks for adding all the info and history behind it.
October 2nd, 2020  
That's a beautiful mural!
October 3rd, 2020  
So talented - great storytelling.
October 3rd, 2020  
Fantastic mural, and love the story
October 3rd, 2020  
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