The strongest tradition suggests that Patrick was actually born in Scotland: Scots as an ethnic group lived in both Ireland and Scotland, and there were many different kingdoms occupying both these areas. Dublin at this time, for example, though a town with a Gaelic name, was actually a colony of Norsemen; and the central belt of Scotland as well as part of the north of England, formed a Welsh-speaking kingdom called Rhydderch.
Patrick is believed to have been a nobleman by birth, since his latinized name Patricius means noble in the class-specific sense. It was a common practice for noble families with two male heirs to send the younger into the Church to get an education, as well as to find another position of influence and power for the family. St Olaf, for example, for all his airy-fairy legendary life, was in reality the brother of Viking mercenary Harald Hardradi, and very like him in character. So Patrick himself, in the more probable version, may have had an elder brother who has been written out of history.
As to superimposing the cross on the sun, that symbol was already in existence in Celtic culture. The sun, in Gaelic grainne, is feminine: her round, gravid sphere is pregnant with life. Perhaps, setting upon the crossbar of the horizon, the sun goddess's eternally virgin womb was considered to be being penetrated by the phallic upright of Earth's standing stone. The bloody union explained, perhaps, the red light of sunset.
Nam Sibyllam quidem Cumis ego ipse oculis meis vidi in ampulla pendere, et cum illi pueri dicerent: Sibylla ti theleis; respondebat illa: apothanein thelo.
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May 27, 2019 0:49:07 GMT