Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Mear

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: Mear


"[the] Mad"


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: 1171, 1172

Research Notes:

The person with this byname is identified in Curtis:

"A Norse fleet sailed up the Liffey, having on board a thousand vikings whom Earl Asgall had hired in the Hebrides and Man, who were led by a famous berserk, John 'the Wode' or 'Mad'. [...] Unluckily for themselves, the Norsemen attached first, and were outside the eastern gate attached and cut to pieces by a Norman force under Milo de Cogan. John the Wode died like a berserk, while Asgall was taken and beheaded in his own hall." [Curtis, p. 51]


Further information about the byname Mear, 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)
[Eoan Mear] (d. 1171-1172)
UU1171.2NEoan Mear a h-Innsibh Orc ["John (the Mad) from the Islands of Orc" - Note: the reference to the Orkney Isles in this entry is not part of his name. I've included it here for background information on this person.]
TT1171.6NEoan Lochlandach
BM1171.17NEoan Lochlandach a h-Insibh h-Orc [Note: Note: the reference to the Orkney Isles in this entry is not part of his name. I've included it here for background information on this person.]
TT1172.8Nh-Eoan Mear

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