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Machalus

(d. 498)


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(d. 498),

bishop of the Isle of Man. Nothing is known of him beyond a legend which makes him a pirate in Ireland, who was told by Patrick to put to sea in a coracle without oars as a penance for his misdeeds. He landed on the Isle of Man where, after suitable reparation, he was made bishop. He is described in the Martyrology of Oengus as ‘a rod of gold, a vast ingot, the great bishop MacCaille’. One church in Scotland is dedicated to him at Castletown. William Worcestre said he was a native of the Orkneys, and that his shrine was on the Isle of Man. Feast: 27 April.

B.L.S., iv. 191;J. M. Mackinlay, Ancient Church Dedications in Scotland (1914), p. 104;William Worcestre, p. 73.

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