Saint Maughold

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Legendary saint of the Isle of Man whose character was drawn from the Tuatha Dé Danann hero Mac Cuill; attempts to link him with the Breton St Machutus (Maclovius, Malo) have been proved false. But he is probably identical with Bishop Mac Caille, celebrated on 25 April in the Irish martyrology. Although the subject of almost as many fantasies as St Patrick, who was thought to have converted him, St Maughold was long celebrated on the Christian calendar, 27 April; he is ascribed the death-date of 498. Converted from being a bloodthirsty freebooter, he was sent to Man in a rudderless, oarless coracle; once a missionary he led an austere, exemplary life, being chosen bishop for his holiness. His name is linked to the only pre-Norse monastic foundation in the north-eastern portion of the island, east of Ramsey; from this come Maughold Head, the village of Maughold, St Maughold's Well, and St Maughold's Cross, an 8-foot standing-stone cross with biblical scenes and the Manx triskelion.

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