TreeSquare: the tree that never grew

Glasgow city crest on St Mungo Museum of Religion

Becky’s Square Challenge for July is TreeSquare. Although it’s a daily challenge, I shall only drop in occasionally, and am starting off with a little bit of Glasgow history (no surprise there). My square also fits with Jude’s monthly Life in Colour challenge, which for July is blue.

Glasgow’s City Crest, a representation of which is shown above, is based on the miracles of St Mungo, our patron saint and founder. They are:

  • the bird that never flew
  • the tree that never grew
  • the bell that never rang
  • the fish that never swam

What is the the tree that never grew? As a boy in the monastery, Mungo was left in charge of the holy fire in the refectory. He fell asleep and some of the other boys, who were envious of him, put out the fire. When he woke and found what had happened, Mungo broke off some frozen branches from a hazel tree and caused them to burst into flames by praying over them.

Do you believe it? It’s certainly a nice story!


  1. Heard of St Mungo but not his miracles. The crest is a real eye catcher and I’m not one to let the truth get in the way of a great story.


  2. Hi Anabel – love the Crest … while the rhyme comes from long ago – when myths were accepted and not questioned. Interesting to know about – thank you – Hilary