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Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73).  Volume XI: November.
The Lives of the Saints.  1866.
 
November 15
St. Malo, or Maclou, First Bishop of Aleth in Brittany
 
HE was a native of England, and cousin-german to St. Sampson and St. Magloire. At an early age he was sent for his education to Ireland, where he made a rapid progress in learning and virtue. Being ordained priest, he was soon after elected to a bishopric by the suffrages of the people: but he declined that dignity, and retired into Brittany, where he put himself under the direction of a holy recluse named Aron, near Aleth. About the year 541 he was made bishop of this city, and died on the 15th of November, 565. 1 It is from him the city of St. Malo has its name; for his sacred remains were carried thither after Aleth had been reduced to a village, and the episcopal see transferred to St. Malo. See Leland, Collect, t. 2, p. 430.  1
 
Note 1. Colgan says in 570. See Act. SS. Hib. p. 195. Usher, &c. [back]
 
 
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