Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: Midech/Midheach

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

© 2000-2001 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 20 December 2001

Descriptive Bynames: Midech/Midheach




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: 3
Found in Years: 790, 795, 1269, 1270, 1287, 1411, 1445

Research Notes:

Woulfe (p. 430 s.n. Mid.eac.) gives the meaning of this byname as "the Meathman, native of, or in some way connected with, Meath"


Further information about the byname Midech/Midheach, 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]
AnnalsEntryCitation (formatting preserved)

[Domnall Midech]
UU795.1regina eius, Eithne ingin Domnaill Midhe
AM790.7Eithne, inghen Domhnaill Midhigh
AM790.7Eithne, inghen Domhnaill Midhigh

[Diarmaid Midheach mac Diarmata mhic Murgiusa mhic Cathail Mhic Dhiarmada]
Co1269.9Cristina ingen h. Nechtain ben Diarmata Midig Meic Diarmata
CM1269.8Cristina inghean Uí Neachtain ben Diarmada Midhigh Meic Diarmata
CM1270.9Cristina inghen Uí Neachtain ben Diarmada Midhigh Meic Diarmada
Co1287.3Diarmait Midech mac Diarmata meic Murgiusa meicc Cathail Meic Diarmata ri Moigi Luircc

[Muircheartach Midheach mac Briain Uí Fheargail] (d. 1411)
Co1411.31Murcertach Midech mac Briain h. Fergail tigerna in Chalaid na hAngaili
DM1411.11Muirceartach Midheach mac Briain Uí Fhearghail tighearna an Chaladh isan Anghaile fear nach ar h-imdeargadh riamh
Co1445.3Rosa meic Murcertaig Midig meic Briain h. Fergail

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