(f) James Boswell gave specific details about the introduction
of this name to Scotland in a note to his Journal of a Tour to
the Hebrides (1773). ‘The saint’s name of Veronica
was introduced into our family through my great grandmother Veronica,
Countess of Kincardine, a Dutch lady of the noble house of Sommelsdyck.’
gave the name to one of his own daughters. The ultimate origin
of the name is much disputed. St Veronica is said to have been
the woman of Jerusalem who wiped the face ofJesus with a cloth
as he went to Calvary.
A relic preserved in Rome is said to be the actual cloth.
This is called the ‘vernicle’ in English, a word which
derives from ‘veronicle,’ which in turn is usually
explained as meaning ‘true image,’ for the features
of Christ’s face are said to have been miraculously impressed
this interpretation is correct, then the relic was named first,
and the name was subsequently transferred to the saint. Some scholars
see Veronica as a Latin variant of the Greek Berenice, ‘peace
bringer.’ Veronica is still used in Scotland, especially
by Roman Catholic families.
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