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

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.3, updated 18 May 2008

Descriptive Bynames: na Coilleadh


"[of] the Wood"


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: 5
Found in Years: 1270, 1403, 1421, 1434, 1485, 1492

Research Notes:

[Answering a question about the spelling na Cailled, specifically "is this the same as na Coilled "[of] the woods"?":]
Yes, but ai is the older spelling. Oh, and it's genitive singular, so it's "of the wood". [email from Talan Gwynek - 15 Jul 2001]

The meaning "of the Wood" is given in regards to a man's name in 1270 (FM vol. 3, p. 412, footnote "m").

The meaning "of the wood" is given in regards to a man's name in


Further information about the byname na Coilleadh, 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)
[Riocard na Coilleadh]
FMvol. 3, pp. 410, 412, 1270Riocard na coillead.
[Cu Muige na Coilleadh]
Co1403.2Magnus mac Con Muigi na Cailled ri Cianachta ["Magnus son of Cu Muige na Cailled (of the Woods) [O Cathain], king of Keenaght"]
[Cormac na Coilleadh mac Mhic Carthaig Cairprig]
Co1421.17Cormac na Cailled mac Meg Carthaig Cairprig
FMvol. 4, p. 850, 1421Cormac na coille mac még cartaig. (cairbrig.) mac tig.erna ro ba ferr do m.uim.neachaib.
[Donnchad na Coilleadh]
FMvol. 4, p. 894, 1433donnchad. na coillead., ua ndom.naill
Co1434.6mac a athur fein .i. Donnchad na Coilled ["son of his own father, Donnchad of the Woods" son of his own father = Ecnechan O Domnaill, eligible prince of Tir Conaill]
DM1438.4Dondchadh na Coilleadh O Domhnaill
FMvol. 4, p. 910, 1438Dondchad. na coillead. o dom.naill
[Brian na Coilleadh mac Eoghain uí Néill]
U3U1485.2Brian, mac Eogan h-Ui Neill, .i. Brian na Coilledh ["Brian, son of Eogan Ua Neill, namely, Brian, of the Wood"]
DM1485.12Brian na Coilleadh mac Eoghain Uí Neill
FMvol. 4, p. 1134, 1485brian na coillead. mac eog.ain uí neill
FMvol. 4, p. 1192, 1492henri mac briain na coillead. mic eog.ain uí neill

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