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Saint Blane

St Blane, after whom the town of Dunblane (fort of Blane) is named, was born on the Isle of Bute. The date of his birth is unknown, but he died on 10 August 590. He was made a Saint on 10 August 1000.

Dunblane Cathedral (see home page for image) dates back to the 12th century and stands on the site of Blane's monastery at Dunblane. The original bell from Blane's monastery on the Isle of Bute is preserved in the cathedral.

St Blane's Church, Kingarth, Isle of Bute

St. Blane was popular in Scotland. His monastery at Dunblane became the site of the Dunblane Cathedral and there was a church of St. Blane in Dumfries and another at Kilblane. The ruins of his church at Kingarth, Bute, where his remains were buried, are still standing and form an object of great interest to historians as well as one of Scotland's major historical tourist attractions.

The left hand or 'green' side of our school badge depicts St Blane - celestial crown, chevrons, and 'flaming' fingers. Click below for details:


Dunblane High School Badge

Saint Lawrence (225-258)
The right hand or 'red' side of our school badge is dedicated to St. Lawrence.

Tradition holds that Lawrence was burned or "grilled" to death, hence his association with the
gridiron. Tradition also holds that Lawrence joked about their cooking him enough to eat while he was burning on the gridiron, hence his patronage of cooks and chefs, stating
something along the lines of, "turn me over ... I'm done on this side"
. For this reason he is also known as the Patron Saint of comedians.

Our school motto 'Prospice Ultra Montes' or 'Look Beyond the Mountains' indicates that the young people of Dunblane High School should aspire to greater things, be open to possibilities over the 'immediate horizon' and widen their ambitions. It also indicates the value of altruism and duty to others along with the importance of selflessly embracing the 'greater good'.