Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Findglaissi, Finnglaissi

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 07 June 2008

Descriptive Bynames: Findglaissi, Finnglaissi


"[of] Findglais/Finnglais" (a small village in the barony of Castleknock, about 2.5 miles north of Dublin)

Note: it seems that all four men with this byname had religious positions at Finnglais. The first person is listed in an entry after 4 entries recording deaths of abbots, making it likely that he was an abbot as well. The other 3 men with this byname are listed as abbots or bishops of Finnglais.


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: 758, 763, 791, 796, 837, 838, 865, 867

Research Notes:

FM (vol. 1, p. 361, footnote "i") discusses this location in reference to the entry listed below as M758.5:

i Finnghlais: i. e. the Bright Stream, now Finglas, a small village in the barony of Castleknock, about two miles and a half north of the city of Dublin. The festival of St. Cainneach of this place is set down in the Feilire-Aenguis and in O'Clery's Irish Calendar at 15th of May. In the Gloss to the copy of the Feilire, preserved in the Leabhar-Breac, Findglais is described as "i taeb Atha cliath," i. e. by the side of Dublin.


Further information about the byname Findglaissi, Finnglaissi 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]
AnnalsEntryContextCitation (formatting preserved)
[] (d. 758-763)
UU763.2RFaelchu Finnglaissi ["Faelchu of Finnglas"]
TT763.2RFaelchu Findglaise
AM758.5RFaolchu Fionnghlaisi ["Faelchu, of Finnghlais"]
[] (d. 791-796)
UU796.1RDublitter Finnglaissi ["Dubliter of Finnglas"]
AM791.4RDuibhlitir, abb Finghlaise ["Duibhlitter, Abbot of Finnghlais Finglas"]
[] (d. 837-838)
UU838.1RBran Finglaisi episcopus & scriba
AM837.6RBran Fionnghlaisi, epscop & scribhnidh ["Bran of Finnghlais, bishop and scribe"]
[] (d. 865-867)
UU867.2RRobartach Finnglaissi episcopus & scriba ["Robartach of Finnglas, bishop and scribe"]
CSCS867RRabartach Findglaissi episcopus
AM865.3RRobhartach Fionnghlais epscop & scribhnidh ["Robhartach of Finnghlas, bishop and scribe"]

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