Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Glúnillar

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

© 2000-2010 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 12 March 2010

Descriptive Bynames: Glúnillar


"[of the] eagle-knee"


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: 968, 970, 971, 973, 974, 976, 978, 1021, 1022

Research Notes:

The meaning "of the eagle-knee" is given in regards to a man's name in 968 (FM vol. 2, pp. 692-694, footnote "i").

The DIL (p. 422, col. 54, s.n. lár) includes the notation:

In n. pr. Cath Maige Nathrach ria nGlún-i-ll{a-}r, Arch. Hib. ii 62 {ss} 55.


Further information about the byname Glúnillar, 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. 971-974)
UU970.5Murchad, la righ n-Ailigh
CSCS970la Glun hIlair .i. Murchadh
BM968.7Glún Illar .i. lá Murchadh ua Flaithbheartaigh
UU973.2Murchad H. Flaithbertaigh
II973.4Murchad Glún re Lár
CSCS973Glun hIlair .i. Murchadh
UU974.1Murchad h. Flaithbertaich
TT974.2Murchadh Glun Re Lár, rí Ailigh
II974.3Murchada Glún ri Lár [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
CSCS974Murchadh Glun Illair airdri Ailigh
BM971.9Murchadh ua Flaithbheartaigh .i. Glún Illar rí Ailigh
CSCS978mac Murchadha Glun Ilair
BM976.6mac Murchadha Glúnillar
UU1021.7Domnall H. Murchada, .i. ridomna Ailigh
TT1022.10Domnall h-úa Murchada Glun Re Lár, rí an Tuaisceirt
CSCS1022Domnall h. Murchadha Glun Ilair rí an tuaisgirt
BM1022.7Domhnall, ua Murchadha Gluine il-Lar, tigherna an Tuaisceirt

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