Organisation of Pictish society – Roles - The Magician
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
We know that when St Columba travelled to the palace of Bridei mac Maelchon near Inverness, and according to Saint Adamnan, Columbia’s hagiographer, he had a magical duel with Bridei’s chief magician, Broichan. Adomnan also recorded a story about Broichan, in which Columba and his companions were getting into a boat on Loch Ness and preparing to leave, but Broichan used his magic to summon the weather against Columba so that the winds went against him.
A fanciful, 19th century depiction of St. Columba converting the Pictish King Bridei,