An Irish or Scottish monk of the 8th to 12th centuries, living as a recluse usually in a group of thirteen (on the analogy of Jesus Christ and his Apostles). The tradition ceased as the Celtic Church was brought under Roman Catholic rule.
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- To the north of my study lie cliff-caves reputed to have been inhabited by eighth-century Christian hermits - the Culdees (Celide: ‘Friends of God’).
- The first was comprehensively Romanized under the Canmores, yet it retained one important institution in the Céli Dé, or Culdees.
- Over the following 300 years, our separate Scottish kingdom protected many who maintained the Celtic or Culdee customs.
Definition of Culdee in:
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