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When Mungo eventually left St Serf`s community he headed westwards from Culross and happened to come across an old holy man by the name of Fergus who was on the point of death. After Fergus died, Mungo placed the body on a cart which was hauled by two untamed bulls and they continued westwards until they stopped at the banks of the Molendinar Burn. This was the site of a cemetery which had been consecrated by St Ninian and there he laid Fergus to rest.

The local king later persuaded him to stay and had him installed as the bishop of the area centred on the town, then known as Glesgu. Mungo was later to build his church beside the old cemetery and thus establish Glasgow`s first cathedral exactly where the present-day Cathedral stands (see picture).

This article is based on the guidebook "The Glasgow Guide".

Glasgow Cathedral owes its position on a prominent hill to St Mungo. He is buried in the Lower Church and his tomb was for long an important place of pilgrimage.
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