St. Columba and the Loch Ness Monster
This small rectangular window is above the door on the north side of the nave near the pulpit. It recounts the story of St. Columba saving a swimmer crossing Loch Ness from a water monster. According to legend, just when this monster “rushed up with great roar and open mouth” to attack the swimmer, St. Columba “formed the saving sign of the cross in the empty air, invoked the Name of God” and commanded this fierce monster, “Quick! Go back!” The beast fled, and the frightened “barbarous heathen” then “magnified the God of the Christians.” (From The Life of St. Columba by Adamnan, early 700s).