Our venerable Mothers, the '''Nine Maidens'''
(8th Century) (also the ''Nine Holy Virgins'') were the daughters of St. [[Donald of Ogilvy]], who lived a monastic life under their father until his death, whereat they came to a [[monastery]] in Abernathy. Their feast day is July 18.
The Nine Maidens lived in the Glen of Ogilvy at Glamis, in the Vale of Stratchmore, with their parents. When their mother died, their newly widowed father, St. Donald, arranged for the household to function as a
hermitage. St. Donald became as the elder, and they all together began a rigourous life of working the ground with their own hands and only eating once a day, allow for themselves but barely bread and water.
At the repose of St. Donald, King Garnard of the Picts granted them lodging and an oratory in a
monastary founded by Ss. [[Darlugdach]] and [[Brigid of Kildaire|Brigid]] in the Pictish capital of Abernathy. King Eugen VII of Scotland made frequent visits to them, presenting them with large gifts. At their repose, they were buried at the foot of a large oak; a shrine there was erected, known as the Abernathy Allon-bacuth. Until the [[Anglican Communion|Anglican]] Reformation, it was a much-frequented site of pilgrimage.
Churches throughout Scotland were dedicated to the Nine Maidens, including onein Strathmartine, near Dundee, along with its Nine Maiden Well, where Tradition states the Nine Maidens of Pitempan were devoured by a serpent. The well is to this day an object of great awe and reverence.
In Finhaven, there is also fountain on a hill above the Prebend of the Cathedral of Brechin by the name of ''Nine-well'', which may be dedicated to either St. Ninian of Scotland, or the Nine Maidens.
*[http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=621 St. Donald] Cathoic Online: Saints & Angels
*[[w:Saint Donald|Donald of Ogilvy]] Wikipedia
*[http://www.allmercifulsavior.com/icons/Icons-Donald.htm Icon of St. Donald of Ogilvie]
*[http://www.saintpatrickdc.org/ss/0715.htm#domh Donald of Ogilvy (AC)] Saints of July 15
*[http://www.orthodoxengland.org.uk/saintsd.htm Donald (Donivald) July 15] Orthodox Europe: Latin Saints of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Rome