Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Ballach

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

Descriptive Bynames: Ballach


"[the] Freckled"


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:

Frequency & Dates:

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

Research Notes:

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.

Raw Data

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 , e, in the entries below) sometimes represents e and sometimes ea depending upon the context of the text.

[Standardized form of this man's name]
AnnalsEntryCitation (formatting preserved)
[Aodh Ballach mac Magnusa mhic Conchobhair Ruaidh mhic Mhuircheartaigh Mhuimhnigh Uí Chonchobhair] (d. 1315)
Co1315.10Aed Ballach mac Magnusa meic Conchobair Ruaid meicc Murcertaig Mumnig
CM1315.2Aodh (.i. Aedh Ballach) mac Maghnasa Uí Concobhair
[Cormac Ballach Ua Maoilsechlainn] (d. 1361-1362)
Co1344.4Corbmac Ballach h. Mailsechlainn
CM1344.4Corbmac m-Ballach Ua Maoíleachlainn
FMvol. 3, p. 584, 1344corbmac mballac. ua maoíleachlainn
Co1362.7Cormac Ballach h. Mailsechlainn ri Mide
CM1361.3Corbmac Ballach Ó Maoileachlainn Ri Midhe
Co1487.5Conn mac Airt meic Cuinn meic Cormaic Ballaig hI Maoilechlainn
Co1487.5O Maoilechlainn .i. Láighnec mac Cuirc meic Cormaic Ballaig
[Seaan Ballach mac mhic Éinri] (d. 1407)
FMvol. 4, p. 792, 1407Seaan ballac. mac mec Henri
DM1407.5Seaan Ballach mac mec Henri
[Cormac Ballach mac Feargail mhic Con Chonnacht Uí Fheargail] (d. 1417)
Co1417.9Cormac Ballach mac Fergail meic Con Chonnacht h. Fergail
DM1417.8Cormac Ballach mac Ferghail mic Con Connacht Uí Fherghail
[Brian Ballach mac Aoidh mhic Fheidhlimidh U´ Chonchobhair] (d. 1418)
Co1418.2Briain Ballaig meic Aeda meic Feidlim h. Conchobair
DM1418.4Brian Ballach mac Aodha mic Fedhlimidh Uí Chonchobhair
Co1467.6Aed Dub & Tadc da mac Dondchada meic Briain Ballaig
Co1467.6Tadc mac Briain meic Briain Ballaig
FMvol. 4, p. 1074, 1471Enri mac briain ballaicch
Co1471.24Ruaidri mac Briain Ballaig
Co1474.15Cairbre mac Aeda mic Ruaidri meic Briain Ballaig
Co1478.7Dondchad mac Briain Ballaig h. Conchobair
DM1478.7Donnchadh mac Briain Bhallaigh Ui Conchobhair
Co1487.3Brian mac Briain Ballaig meic Aodho meic Fheidhlim hI Conchobair
[Brian Ballach Ua Neill] (d. 1425)
Co1425.6Brian Ballach h. Neill
DM1425.7Brian Ballach mac Uí Nell Bhuidhe
[Brian Ballach mac Muirchertaigh mhic Énri mhic Bhriain mhic Aodha Bhuidhe U´ Néill] (d. 1437)
DMCB1437.1Brian Ballach mac Muirceartaigh mic Henri mic Briain mic Aeda Buide I Neill
[Énri Ballach mac Mhic Fhlannchaidh] (d. 1438)
D1438.10Mac Meg Flannchaidh .i. Enri Ballach
[Cathal Ballach mac Ruaidhrí Uí Dhuibgennain] (d. 1441)
Co1441.8Cathal Ballach mac Ruaidri h. Duibgennan
[Donnchadh Ballach Mac Samradan] (d. 1445)
DM1440.13Donnchadh Ballach Mhág Samhradhain
DM1445.6Donnchadh Ballach Mac Samhradhain adbar taoisigh Teallaigh Eachdach
Co1478.30Mag Samradan .i. Cathal mac Donnchada Ballaig & int Epscop Mag Samradain
DM1478.19Mac Samhradhain .i. Cathal mac Donnchaidh Ballaigh
[Domhnall Ballach mac Tomais mhic Philib Mheg Uidhir] (d. 1447)
DM1439.4Domhnall Ballach Mhág Uidhir
DM1447.4Domhnall Ballach mac Tomais mic Pilib Meg Uidhir
DM1488.8Donn mac Domhnaill Ballaigh Meg Uidhir
DM1498.14Mairghrécc inghen Domhnaill Bhallaigh Meg Uidhir ben Uí Flannagáin (.i. Gillibert) Tuaithe Rátha
[Ruaidhrí Ballach mac Muircheartaigh Uí Chonchobhair] (d. 1460)
Co1460.4Ruaidri Ballach mac Murcertaig h. Conchobair
DM1460.8Ruaidhri Ballach mac Muirceartaigh Ui Concobhair
[Cormac Ballach Mac Donnchaidh] (d. 1463)
DM1463.6Corbmac Ballach mac Concobair Mec Donnchaidh
Co1468.10In Gilla Dub mac Cormaic Ballaig Meic Dondchad
Co1495.5Tomoltach mac Cormaic Bhallaig
DM1495.5Tomaltach mac Corbmaic Bhallaigh Mec Donnchaidh
[Cathal Ballach Ua Ruairc] (d. ?)
Co1472.17Ualgarg mac Cathail Ballaig h. Ruairc
DM1472.16Ualgarcc mac Cathail Bhallaigh Uí Ruairc
U3U1496.38Fergal, mac Cathail Ballaigh, mic Airt h-Ui Ruairc
DM1496.12Feargal mac Cathail Bhallaigh
DM1496.12lá cloinn Uaithne mic Cathail Bhallaigh Uí Ruairc
[Domhnall Ballach Ó Dubhda] (d. ?)
Co1496.5Ó Dubhdo .i. Uilliam mac Domnaill Bhallaig
DM1496.9O Dubda Uilliam mac Domnaill Ballaigh
[Aodh Ballach Mac Domhnaill] (d. ?)
DM1474.9muintir Uí Neill, .i. ar Aodh m-Ballach mac Domhnaill
DM1493.11Mac Ruaidhri mic Aodha Ballaigh Mhec Domhnaill
[Toirdhealbhach Ballach mac Uí Chonchobhair Failge] (d. 1492)
DM1492.17Toirrdhealbhach Ballach mac Uí Conchobhair Failge .i. mac Cuinn mic an Chalbhaigh
[] (d. 1524)
Co1524.13Cú Maighe Ballach mac Domnaill I Chathain
U3U1524.8Cumhaighe Ballach, mac Domnaill Uí Cathain
[Brian Ballach mac Néill mhic Cuinn] (d. 1529)
Co1529.8Brian Ballach mac Neill meic Cuinn

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