Máel Dub

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Máel Dub (the Gaelic name Máel meaning "disciple" and Dub being a byname, "dark"; Latinized as Maildubus, anglicized as Maildulf and other variants) was reputedly an Irish monk of the 7th century said to have founded a monastic house at Malmesbury.[1]

It was implied by Bede that the monastery was said to have been named after him (HE 5.18, the monastery "which they call the monastery of Máel Dub" [quod Maildubi Urbem nuncupant]).[1] There is evidence from a later charter that his name was actually Máel Duin.[1]

Among his pupils were Aldhelm,[1] the founder of Malmesbury Abbey, and Daniel of Winchester.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lapidge, "Máeldub"


  • Lapidge, Michael, "Máeldub (supp. fl. mid-7th cent.)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 , accessed 29 March 2009