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  • Writer's pictureSheila R. Lamb

St. Patrick and the Druids

A few facts about St. Patrick

  • He was born Roman-British, not Irish

  • Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders as a teenager and enslaved for several years

  • Patrick most likely was forced to be a shepherd in the West of Ireland

  • He escaped and returned to Britain.

  • Later, he studies with the Catholic Church, most likely in France.

  • He has a calling to return to Ireland and convert the native Irish to Christianity.

  • Patrick did not drive out snakes. He drove out the native Druids.

  • Snakes are a druidic symbol.


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Freeman, Philip. St. Patrick of Ireland. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2004.

Freeman, Philip. War, Women and Druids. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002.

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