Gerald of Mayo

(d. 732)

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(d. 732),

abbot. An Englishman who become a monk at Lindisfarne and probably migrated with Colman of Lindisfarne to Inishbofin (Galway), Gerald became abbot of the English part of this community, which became known as Mayo of the Saxons. This flourished greatly and was known as a centre of study, sufficiently important for Alcuin to correspond with its abbot and monks. Gerald is sometimes described as a bishop, but this seems incorrect; he is also believed to have founded the abbeys of Tempul-Gerald (Connacht) and Teaghna-Saxon. Feast: 13 March.

AA.SS. Mar. II (1668), 288–93; also in V.S.H., ii. 107–15; B. T. A., i. 584; The Irish Saints, pp. 191–2.

Subjects: Christianity.

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