Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Glas

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.2, updated 26 May 2008

Descriptive Bynames: Glas


"[the] Green/Grey"


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: 17
Found in Years: 1398, 1424, 1432, 1441, 1442, 1464, 1475, 1489, 1495, 1517, 1519, 1535, 1540, 1542, 1555, 1561, 1577, 1579, 1584, 1585, 1589

Research Notes:

Woulfe (p. 292 s.n. Glas) gives the meaning of this byname as "green, grey, from the complexion".

The meaning "the Green" is given in regards to a man's name in 1432 (FM vol. 4, p. 891, footnote "a").


Further information about the byname Glas, 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)
[Domhnall Glas Mag Carthaigh] (d. ?)
MCB1MCB1398.3Cormac na Cailleadh mac Domnaill Riabhaigh mic Domhnaill Glais Mec Carrthaigh
[Domhnall Glas Ua Fallamhain] (d. ?)
Co1424.4Domnall nGlas h. Fallamain
[Matha Glas Ua Duibgennain] (d. 1432)
U3U1432.19h-Ua Duibgennain Cilli Ronain, [unrelated]: .i. Matha Glas, mac Ferghail Muimnigh
LC2LC1432.4O Duibhgennain Chille Ronain .i. Matha Glas
DM1432.14Ua Duibhgeannáin Cille Rónáin .i. Matha Glas saoí ollamhan lé Senchus
FMvol. 4, p. 890, 1432Ua duib.geannáin cille Rónáin .i. mat.a glas saoí lé Senchus
DM1495.16Ua Duibhghennain Cille Ronain (Dubthach mac Maoilechlainn mic Matha Ghlais) ollamh Muintire Maol Ruain
Co1441.5Dubgenn mac Matha Glais, h. Dubginnan an tsai eladna
Co1495.6Úa Duibhgennain Cille Ronain .i. Dubhthach mac Mhailsechlainn meic Mhatha Ghlais
LC2LC1495.5Ua Duibhgiodhnán Chilli Rónan, .i. Dubhtach mac Mhaoileachluinn mheic Mhatha Ghlais
Co1542.13Duibgend mac Dubhtaig meic Maoilsechlainn meic Matha Glais h. Duibgennain, ollam sochraidh saoircerdach re senchus et fer tighe oidhed ["Duibgenn son of Dubthach son of Maelsechlainn son of Matha Glas O Duibgennain, a handsome and highly-skilled ollav in History and keeper of a guest-house"]
[Domhnall Glas Mag Carthaigh] (d. 1442)
MCB1MCB1398.3Domnall Glas mac Domhnaill Riabhaigh Mec Carrthaigh
DM1442.10Domhnall Glass Mag Carthaigh tigherna Ua c-Cairpre
[Ruaidhrí Glas] (d. 1475)
U3U1475.11Ruaidhri Glas Mag Carmuic ["Ruaidhri Mag Carmuic the Green"]
[Ruaidhrí Glas] (d. 1487)
U3U1464.9Tomas Grennach & Domnall, .i. da mac Duinn Mheg Uidhir, do marbadh lena n-derbrathair fein, .i. le Ruaidhri Glas
DM1464.21Tomas Greannach & Domnall da mac Duinn Meg Uidhir do marbadh la n-a n-dearbrathair, .i. Ruaidhri Glas. ["Thomas Greannach and Donnell, two sons of Don Maguire, were slain by their brother, Rory Glas"]
U3U1487.2Ruaidhri Glas & Donn Og, da mac Dúinn, mic Pilib na Tuaidhe Meg Uidhir
[Rudhraighe Glas mac Ruaidhrí mac Aodha] (d. 1489)
DM1489.5Rúdhraighe Glas mac Ruaidhri mic Aodha
[] (d. 1495)
U3U1495.10Uilliam Glas, mac Phoil h-Ui Caisidi
[Matha Glas mac Duthaig Ó Duibgennain] (d. 1517)
Co1517.7O Duibgennain Cille Ronain .i. Matha Glas mac Duthaig
LC2LC1517.6O Duibhghendain Chille Rónain, .i. Matha Glass mac Dubhthaig
LC2LC1561.12Athairne mac Matha Ghlais
[Domhnall Glas Ó Cuirnin] (d. 1519)
Co1519.11Domnall Glas O Cuirnin
LC2LC1519.10Domhnall Glas O Curnín
[Seán Glas] (d. 1535)
EM1535.7Muircheartach Mac Donnchaidh, mic Murchaidh, & a dhias mac Sean Glas & Feargal ["Murtough Mac Donough, the son of Murrough, and his two sons, John Glas and Farrell"]
Co1535.2Murcertach mac Donnchada meic Murchada & a dhias mac .i. Sean Glas & Fergal
LC2LC1535.3Muircertach mac Donnchada, mac Murchada, ocus a dhiass mac .i. Sean Glass ocus Fergal
[Seán Glas] (d. 1555)
LC2LC1555.10Sean Glass mac h-I Dhubhda
[Ruaidhrí Glas] (d. ?)
LC2LC1577.1Ruaidri Glass, mac Briain Choeich mic Ruaidri Ghlais
[Ruaidhrí Glas] (d. 1577)
LC2LC1540.18Tánaic clann Ruaidhri Glais mic Briain Caoic, Brian Caoch ocus Art. ["Brian Caech and Art, the sons of Ruaidhri Glas, son of Brian Caech, came."]
LC2LC1577.1Ruaidri Glass, mac Briain Choeich mic Ruaidri Ghlais
[Domhnall Glas] (d. ?)
EM1579.5Aodh, mac Seain, mic Rémainn, mic Seain, mic Aodha, mic Domhnaill Ghlais ["Hugh, the son of John, son of Redmond, son of John, son of Hugh, son of Donnell Glas O'Byrne"]
EM1585.8Fiachaidh mac Aedha, mic Seain mic Domhnaill Ghlais
[Domhnall Glas mac Taidhg Ruaidh uí Airt] (d. 1584)
LC2LC1584.2Domnall Glass mac Taidg Ruaidh h-I Airt ["Domhnall Glas, son of Tadhg Ruadh O'hAirt"]
[Ruaidhrí Glas] (d. ?)
LC2LC1589.9Art mac Ruaidhrí Ghlais .i. fer brataigh Briain mhic Diarmada ["Art, the son of Ruaidhri Glas, i.e., Brian Mac Diarmada's standard bearer"]

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