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Maucteus or Mauchteus, known as Mochta in Irish, disciple of St. Patrick, died 20 August 535.

He was, like Patrick, a native of Britain. His name is British,[1] and Adomnán's Life of Columba describes him as "a certain British stranger, a holy man and a disciple of the holy bishop Patrick".[2] He is said to have founded a monastery in Louth.[3]

The Annals of Ulster report his death twice, in 535 and 537, which points to him being considerably younger than Patrick, whose death the Annals date to 493. The entry for 535 dates his death to the 13th of the Calends of September, i.e. 20 August, and quotes the opening of a letter written by him: "Mauchteus, a sinner, priest, disciple of St Patrick, sends greetings in the Lord."[4] However neither the rest of this letter nor any other compositions of his have survived.[5]


  1. ^ Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Early Medieval Ireland: 400-1200, Longman, 1995, p. 26-27
  2. ^ proselytus Brito homo sanctus sancti Patricii episcopi discipulus: Alan O. Anderson & Majorie O. Anderson (eds.), Adomnan's Life of Columba, Edinburgh, 1961, p. 182 (Second Preface)
  3. ^ Francis J. Byrne, Irish Kings and High-Kings, Four Courts Press, 2001, p. 162
  4. ^ Dormitatio Muchti discipuli Patricii .xiii. Kl. Septembris. Sic ipse scripsit in epistola sua: Mauchteus peccator, prespiter, sancti Patrici discipulus, in Domino salutem: B Mac Carthy (ed.), Annala Uladh: Annals of Ulster, Dublin, 1895, Irish text and English translation
  5. ^ Dáibhí Ó Crónín, "Hiberno-Latin Literature to 1169", in Dáibhí Ó Crónín (ed.), A New History of Ireland vol 1: Prehistoric and Early Ireland, Oxford University Press, 2005, p. 372


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