by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien)
© 2000-2006 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.2, updated 08 July 2006
What we know as a set of Irish Annals are manuscripts that were each compiled during a particular time period, usually using older material as sources. For example, when the Annals of the Four Masters were written from 1632 to 1636, they covered events that occurred centuries and millenia before (including legendary history). So, when an entry in this set of annals refers to a person who lived in the year 738, the spelling used for that person's name is very likely not using the spelling that would have been used in 738.
Standard forms of this name (based on spelling systems of different periods) would be:
|Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) nominative form:||Ballach|
|Early Modern Irish Gaelic (c1200-c1700) genitive form:||Ballaigh|
|Number of men found in the annals with this name:||19|
|Found in Years:||1315, 1344, 1361, 1362, 1407, 1417, 1418, 1425, 1437, 1438, 1439, 1440, 1441, 1445, 1447, 1460, 1463, 1467, 1468, 1471, 1472, 1474, 1478, 1487, 1488, 1492, 1493, 1495, 1496, 1498, 1524, 1529|
Woulfe (p. 309 s.n. Mac an B.allaig.) gives the meaning of this byname as "son of the freckled man".
The meaning "freckled" is given in regards to a man's name in 1344 (FM vol. 3, p. 584, footnote "q").
The meaning "the Freckled" is given in regards to a man's name in 1407 (FM vol. 4, p. 792, footnote "h").
The meaning "the Freckled" is given in regards to a man's name in 1471 (FM vol. 4, p. 1074, footnote "m").
Further information about the byname Ballach, may be found in:
The Sources page lists the Annals referenced below. Information about secondary sources is included on that page as well.
In the table below, I have separated individuals with a blank line. That is, when there are multiple entries in the annals that refer to a single person, those entries are grouped together.
Within the list of entries refering to a single person, I have sorted the entries primarily by orthography when it is obvious that what I am seeing is the same entry showing up in multiple annals. The entries that tend to use older spellings are listed first.
NOTE: The Annals referenced below under the code letters A, B, C, E, & F tend to use later spellings than the other Annals. In some cases, the spellings listed in these Annals may not be appropriate for the year referenced in the Annal entry.
In some Gaelic scripts, there is a character that looks approximately like a lowercase f,
but without the crossbar. This character (represented by an underscored Medieval Scotland | Medieval Names Archive | Index of Names in Irish Annals Kathleen M. O'Brien's articles are hosted by Medieval Scotland, which is published by Sharon L. Krossa (contact). Shopping online? How you can support this site.
[Standardized form of this man's name] Annals Entry Citation (formatting preserved) [Aodh Ballach mac Magnusa mhic Conchobhair Ruaidh mhic Mhuircheartaigh Mhuimhnigh Uí Chonchobhair] (d. 1315) Co 1315.10 Aed Ballach mac Magnusa meic Conchobair Ruaid meicc Murcertaig Mumnig C M1315.2 Aodh (.i. Aedh Ballach) mac Maghnasa Uí Concobhair [Cormac Ballach Ua Maoilsechlainn] (d. 1361-1362) Co 1344.4 Corbmac Ballach h. Mailsechlainn C M1344.4 Corbmac m-Ballach Ua Maoíleachlainn FM vol. 3, p. 584, 1344 corbmac mballac. ua maoíleachlainn Co 1362.7 Cormac Ballach h. Mailsechlainn ri Mide C M1361.3 Corbmac Ballach Ó Maoileachlainn Ri Midhe Co 1487.5 Conn mac Airt meic Cuinn meic Cormaic Ballaig hI Maoilechlainn Co 1487.5 O Maoilechlainn .i. Láighnec mac Cuirc meic Cormaic Ballaig [Seaan Ballach mac mhic Éinri] (d. 1407) FM vol. 4, p. 792, 1407 Seaan ballac. mac mec Henri D M1407.5 Seaan Ballach mac mec Henri [Cormac Ballach mac Feargail mhic Con Chonnacht Uí Fheargail] (d. 1417) Co 1417.9 Cormac Ballach mac Fergail meic Con Chonnacht h. Fergail D M1417.8 Cormac Ballach mac Ferghail mic Con Connacht Uí Fherghail [Brian Ballach mac Aoidh mhic Fheidhlimidh U´ Chonchobhair] (d. 1418) Co 1418.2 Briain Ballaig meic Aeda meic Feidlim h. Conchobair D M1418.4 Brian Ballach mac Aodha mic Fedhlimidh Uí Chonchobhair Co 1467.6 Aed Dub & Tadc da mac Dondchada meic Briain Ballaig Co 1467.6 Tadc mac Briain meic Briain Ballaig FM vol. 4, p. 1074, 1471 Enri mac briain ballaicch Co 1471.24 Ruaidri mac Briain Ballaig Co 1474.15 Cairbre mac Aeda mic Ruaidri meic Briain Ballaig Co 1478.7 Dondchad mac Briain Ballaig h. Conchobair D M1478.7 Donnchadh mac Briain Bhallaigh Ui Conchobhair Co 1487.3 Brian mac Briain Ballaig meic Aodho meic Fheidhlim hI Conchobair [Brian Ballach Ua Neill] (d. 1425) Co 1425.6 Brian Ballach h. Neill D M1425.7 Brian Ballach mac Uí Nell Bhuidhe [Brian Ballach mac Muirchertaigh mhic Énri mhic Bhriain mhic Aodha Bhuidhe U´ Néill] (d. 1437) D MCB1437.1 Brian Ballach mac Muirceartaigh mic Henri mic Briain mic Aeda Buide I Neill [Énri Ballach mac Mhic Fhlannchaidh] (d. 1438) D 1438.10 Mac Meg Flannchaidh .i. Enri Ballach [Cathal Ballach mac Ruaidhrí Uí Dhuibgennain] (d. 1441) Co 1441.8 Cathal Ballach mac Ruaidri h. Duibgennan [Donnchadh Ballach Mac Samradan] (d. 1445) D M1440.13 Donnchadh Ballach Mhág Samhradhain D M1445.6 Donnchadh Ballach Mac Samhradhain adbar taoisigh Teallaigh Eachdach Co 1478.30 Mag Samradan .i. Cathal mac Donnchada Ballaig & int Epscop Mag Samradain D M1478.19 Mac Samhradhain .i. Cathal mac Donnchaidh Ballaigh [Domhnall Ballach mac Tomais mhic Philib Mheg Uidhir] (d. 1447) D M1439.4 Domhnall Ballach Mhág Uidhir D M1447.4 Domhnall Ballach mac Tomais mic Pilib Meg Uidhir D M1488.8 Donn mac Domhnaill Ballaigh Meg Uidhir D M1498.14 Mairghrécc inghen Domhnaill Bhallaigh Meg Uidhir ben Uí Flannagáin (.i. Gillibert) Tuaithe Rátha [Ruaidhrí Ballach mac Muircheartaigh Uí Chonchobhair] (d. 1460) Co 1460.4 Ruaidri Ballach mac Murcertaig h. Conchobair D M1460.8 Ruaidhri Ballach mac Muirceartaigh Ui Concobhair [Cormac Ballach Mac Donnchaidh] (d. 1463) D M1463.6 Corbmac Ballach mac Concobair Mec Donnchaidh Co 1468.10 In Gilla Dub mac Cormaic Ballaig Meic Dondchad Co 1495.5 Tomoltach mac Cormaic Bhallaig D M1495.5 Tomaltach mac Corbmaic Bhallaigh Mec Donnchaidh [Cathal Ballach Ua Ruairc] (d. ?) Co 1472.17 Ualgarg mac Cathail Ballaig h. Ruairc D M1472.16 Ualgarcc mac Cathail Bhallaigh Uí Ruairc U3 U1496.38 Fergal, mac Cathail Ballaigh, mic Airt h-Ui Ruairc D M1496.12 Feargal mac Cathail Bhallaigh D M1496.12 lá cloinn Uaithne mic Cathail Bhallaigh Uí Ruairc [Domhnall Ballach Ó Dubhda] (d. ?) Co 1496.5 Ó Dubhdo .i. Uilliam mac Domnaill Bhallaig D M1496.9 O Dubda Uilliam mac Domnaill Ballaigh [Aodh Ballach Mac Domhnaill] (d. ?) D M1474.9 muintir Uí Neill, .i. ar Aodh m-Ballach mac Domhnaill D M1493.11 Mac Ruaidhri mic Aodha Ballaigh Mhec Domhnaill [Toirdhealbhach Ballach mac Uí Chonchobhair Failge] (d. 1492) D M1492.17 Toirrdhealbhach Ballach mac Uí Conchobhair Failge .i. mac Cuinn mic an Chalbhaigh  (d. 1524) Co 1524.13 Cú Maighe Ballach mac Domnaill I Chathain U3 U1524.8 Cumhaighe Ballach, mac Domnaill Uí Cathain [Brian Ballach mac Néill mhic Cuinn] (d. 1529) Co 1529.8 Brian Ballach mac Neill meic Cuinn
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