Since st Francis of Asisi received the stigmata in 1214,about 26 saints of the roman catholic church have been known to have received the stigmata.The questuion here is was Francis of Asisi the first person to receive the stigmata? st paul alluded to having had the stigmata.Take a look at the quotations from st paul
1 cor 12:7-9
And lest i should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations,a thorn in the flesh was given me ,a messenger of satan to buffet me,lest i be exalted above measure.Concerning this thing i pleaded with the lord three times that it might depart from me.And he said to me my grace is sufficient for you.My strenghth is made perfect in your weakness.Therefore most gladly i will rather boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
from now on let no one trouble me,for i bear in my body the marks of the lord Jesus