False fact: St. Patrick was Irish
This is a common St. Patrick’s Day fact that seems like a no-brainer. However, the patron saint of Ireland was actually born in Scotland in the late fourth century. When he was a teenager, Palladius (his real name) was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland. Six years later, he escaped and went back to Scotland, where he joined a monastery. As an adult, Palladius returned to Ireland as a missionary, where he lived for 40 years, dying in A.D. 461. He’s just one of many historical figures you’ve probably been picturing wrong.
False fact: March 17th was St. Patrick’s birthday
A saint’s feast day marks the day that they died, not the day that they were born. St. Patrick’s Day 2020 marks the 1,559th anniversary of St. Patrick’s death. In addition to these false St. Patrick’s Day facts, we bet you didn’t know these surprising facts about the month of March.