Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Dubsúilech / Dubhshúileach

by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien)

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Version 2.2, updated 16 May 2008

Descriptive Bynames: Dubsúilech / Dubhshúileach


"[the] Black-eyed"


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: 4
Found in Years: 1008, 1416, 1469, 1488, 1489, 1496, 1503

Research Notes:

The meaning "the black-eyed" is given in regards to a man's name in 1474 (FM vol. 4, p. 1088, footnote "v").


Further information about the byname Dubsúilech / Dubhshúileach, 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)
[Tadc Dubsuilech mac Mhic Craith Mhic Uidhir] (d. 1008)
BM1008.6Tadhg Dubhshúileach, mac righ Connacht
[Brian Dubhshuileach mac Airechtaigh] (d. 1422)
Co1416.25Brian Dubsuilech mac Airechtaig
Co1422.11Brian Dubsuilech
[Tadhg Dubhshuileach mac Mhic Craith Mhic Uidhir] (d. 1469)
DM1469.9Tadhg Dubhshúileach mac Mec Craith Meg Uidhir
U3U1496.27Airt, mic Taidhg Dubshuiligh, mic Mic Craith Meg Uidhir ["Art, son of Tadhg the black-eyed, son of Mac Craith Mag Uidhir"]
[Donnchadh Dubhshuileach Ua Conchobhair] (d. 1488)
FMvol. 4, p. 1088, 1474donnchad. dub.suileach
DM1474.11Donnchadh Dubhsuileach
DM1488.27Donnchadh Dubshúileach Ua Conchobhair .i. Ua Conchobhair Ruadh
DM1489.5an Inghean Dubh inghen Uí Chonchobhair, .i. Donnchadh Dubhshuileach ["Ineen-duv, the daughter of O'Conor, i.e. Donough the black-eyed"]
EM1503.16Ruaidhri mac Donnchaidh Dhubhshuiligh

Additional evidence for this name comes from an examples where it is used as part of a compound name Giolla Dubhsuiligh:

[Giolla Dubhshuileach]
Co1473.28Magnus Bude Mac Gillae Dubsuilig

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