Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: in Scéith Girr

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

© 2000-2006 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 08 June 2006

Descriptive Bynames: in Scéith Girr


"[of] the Short Shield"


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: 1055, 1063, 1068, 1114, 1118, 1134

Research Notes:


Further information about the byname in Scéith Girr, 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)
[Murchad in Scéith Girr hUa Bríain] (d. 1068)
LCLC1055.3Murchad H. m-Bríain
II1055.3Murchad h-Ua m-Briain
BM1055.16Murchadh ua m-Briain .i. Murcha an Scéth Ghirr ["Murchadh Ua Briain, i.e. Murchadh of the Short Shield"]
BM1063.17Murchadh an Scéth Ghir ["Murchadh of the Short Shield"]
LCLC1068.2Murchad .H. Briain, rídhamhna Muman
II1068.2Murchad h-Ua Briain, rigdamna h-Erend & mc. ríg h-Erend
BM1068.5Murchadh ua Briain, .i. an Scéth Ghirr, mac Donnchadha, mic Briain Boroimhe, ríogh-dhamhna Mumhan ["Murchadh, i.e. of the Short Shield, Ua Briain, son of Donnchadh, son of Brian Borumha, royal heir of Munster"]
MCB1MCB1114.2Brian mac Murchadha An Sgeith Ghirr mic Dondchadha mic Briain Boramha
MCB1MCB1118.1Brian mac Murchadha An Sgeith Girr mic Dunnchadha mic Briain (Boramha
MCB1MCB1118.2Brian Gleanna Maidhir mac Murchadha An Sgeith Girr
MCB1MCB1134.6Donnchadh mac Briain Gleanna Maidhir mic Murchadha In Sgeith Ghirr

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