How did the legend of the Loch Ness Monster begin?

The Loch Ness Monster, the world’s best-known cryptid, is believed to dwell in the frigid depths of Scotland’s Loch Ness.

In a recent episode of Homeschool Connection’s “History in a Minute” podcast, historian and educator Philip Campbell explores the captivating lore surrounding the origin of this elusive creature.

Campbell leads us back to the earliest recorded sighting all the way back in 565 A.D.!

This account involves Saint Columba, an esteemed Irish missionary and warrior saint who had an intense encounter with the beast that ultimately became a turning point in the enduring legend of the Loch Ness Monster.

Campbell’s narrative illuminates an intriguing intersection of history, folklore and faith – check out the episode below!

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