St Maughold was said to be an Irish princes and head of a band of thieves who was converted by St Patrick. He was probably a bishop.
At Kirk Maughold, named after the saint, there are a number of elaborately carved crosses suggesting this was a monastic, episcopal and intellectual centre. The church there dates to the 12C but the foundation go back to the 7C.
In Man the word ‘keill’ designates a ‘cell’ or hermitage or small chapel. They are often found in churchyards; there were probably over 200. So far 174 have been identified; there is one at Kirk Maughold