Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames: na Cairrce

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

© 2000-2006 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.1, updated 14 November 2006

Descriptive Bynames: na Cairrce


"[of] the Rock"


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: 1206, 1207, 1208, 1218, 1225, 1230, 1244, 1322, 1504, 1530, 1578

Research Notes:

[Answering a question about the meaning of na Carrci:]

Okay. The normalized form is Cairrce, the genitive singular of carrac 'rock'; na Cairrce is literally "of the rock".
[email from Talan Gwynek - 20 Jul 2001]


Further information about the byname na Cairrce, 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)
[Tomaltach na Cairrce Mac Diarmata] (d. 1207)
LCLC1207.1Tomaltach na Cairrge, mac Conchobhair, mic Diarmada, mic Taidhg h-I Maoil Ruanaidh, rí muighe Luirg
CM1206.6Tomaltach, mac Concobhair, mic Diarmata mic Taidhg tighearna Mhaighe Luircc
LCLC1208.1Cormac mac Tomaltaigh na cairrci
LCLC1208.1Muiredach mac Tomaltaigh na carrci
LCLC1208.2clann Tomaltaigh na cairrce mac Diarmada
LCLC1218.4Cormac mac Tomaltaigh na Cairrge, mic Conchobhair
LCLC1225.8Cormac mac Tomaltaigh na Cairrge mic Diarmada
LCLC1230.1Cormaic mic Tomaltaig na Cairrge mic Diarmada
LCLC1230.8Cormaic, mic Tomaltuigh na Cairrge, mic Conchobair mic Diarmada
LCLC1244.11Cormac, mac Tomaltaigh na cairrge, mic Conchobair Mic Diarmada, .i. righ chlainni Mhaolruanaidh uile
Co1322.14Maelruanaid mac Gilla Crist meic Conchobair meic Cormaic meic Tomaltaig na Carci ri Mugi Luirg ["Maelruanaid son of Gilla Crist son of Conchobar son of Cormac son of Tomaltach na Cairrce [Mac Diarmata], king of Moylurg"]
CM1322.12Maol Ruanaidh mac Giolla Criost mic Concobhair mic Corbmaic mic Tomaltaigh na Cairrge ticcerna Moighe Luircc
LC2LC1504.2Thomaltach na Cairrge
Co1504.3Thomaltach na Cairrge
(d. ?)
U3U1530.3mac Emuind, mic Tomais Meg Uidhir, .i. Tomás na Cairrge
EM1530.7Tomas na Cairrcce mac Émainn Még Uidhir
(d. ?)
EM1578.7mac an priora Uí Cheallacháin [unrelated] .i. Conchobhar na Cairrcce, mac Diarmata mic Taidhcc Ruaidh, mic Uaithne mic Cathaoír ["The son of the Prior O'Callaghan, i.e. Conor of the Rock, the son of Dermot, son of Teige Roe, son of Owny, son of Cahir"]

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