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Mailoc or Maeloc was a 6th-century bishop of Britonia, a settlement founded by expatriate Britons in Galicia, Spain.[1] He represented his diocese, referred to as the Britonensis ecclesia or "Britonnic church", at the Second Council of Braga in 572. Records of the council refer to his see, the sedes Britonarum ("See of the Britons"), which is likely the monastery of Santa Maria de Bretoña.[1] Mailoc's name is clearly Brythonic, deriving from the Celtic *Maglācos, thereby providing evidence for the Britonnic presence in the area.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Koch, John T. (2006). "Britonia". In John T. Koch, Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, p. 291.


  • Koch, John T. (2006). Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
  • Richards, Melville, "Mailoc", Habis, III, 1972, p. 159.
  • Tovar, António, "Un obispo con nombre británico y los orígenes de la diócesis de Mondoñedo", Habis, III, 1972, pp. 155-158.
  • Vives, J., Concilios visigóticos e hispano-romanos, Madrid, 1963.
  • Young, Simon, The Bishops of the early medieval diocese of Britonia (forthcoming).
  • Young, Simon, "Note on Britones in Thirteenth-century Galicia", Studia Celtica, XXXV (2001), pp. 361-2.
  • Young, Simon, "The Forgotten Colony", History Today, L, oct. 2000, pp. 5-6.

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Bishop of Britonia
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