Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Glúndubh

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

© 2000-2006 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.1, updated 08 July 2006

Descriptive Bynames: Glúndubh




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: 1
Found in Years: 904, 909, 910, 915, 916, 917, 919, 95, 936, 941, 943, 978

Research Notes:

The occupation of Dublin was a challenge to all Ireland which the High king Niall 'Glúndubh' (Black-knee), head of the Northern Ui Néill, nobly took up in 919. [Curtis, p. 24]


Further information about the byname Glúndubh, 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)
[Niall Glúndubh] (d. 917-919)
BM904.9Niall Glundubh
BM909.6Niall n-Glundubh, mac n-Aodha Finnleith
BM910.3Niall Glúndubh mac Aodha
CSCS916Niall Glundup mac {Aodha}
BM915.1Niall Glundubh, mac Aodha Finnleith
BM917.7Niall Glúndubh, mac Aedha Finnleith rí Ereann
II919.3Niall nGlundub mc. n-Aeda, h-Erend
BM935.10Conaing, mac Néill Glúnduibh, ríghdhamhna Ereann
BM936.15Muirchertach, mac Néill Glúnduibh, tighearna Oiligh
UU943.2Muirchertach m. Neill, .i. Muirchertach na Cochall Craicinn, ri Ailigh & Echtoir iarthair beatha ["Muirchertach son of Niall, i.e. Muirchertach of the Leather Cloaks, king of Ailech and the Hector of the western world"]
II943.1Muirchertaich m. Neill, rigdamna h-Erend ["Muirchertach son of Niall, royal heir of Ireland"]
BM941.7Muirchertach na c-Cochall c-Croicenn, mac Néill Glúnduibh, tighearna Oiligh, Eachtair Iarthair Eorpa ina aimsir ["Muircheartach of the Leather Cloaks, son of Niall Glundubh, lord of Aileach, the Hector of the west of Europe in his time"]
BM943.7Domhnall ua Néill, .i. mac Muirchertaigh, mic Néill Glúnduibh
BM978.4Domhnall, mac Muirchertaigh na g-Cochall Crocenn, mac Néill Glúnduibh ["Domhnall, the son of Muircheartach of the Leather Cloaks, son of Niall Glundubh"]

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