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

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

© 2000-2001 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 20 February 2003

Descriptive Bynames: na mBocht


"[of] the Poor" (refers to supporting paupers - a measure of piety)


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: 807, 1060, 1068

Research Notes:

The translation for entry M807.18 cited below explains that the person referred to in this entry "was called Conn na mbocht from the number of paupers which he always supported".

The translation for entry M1068.6 cited below explains that the person referred to in this entry "was usually called Domhnall of the Poor, and it is said that he was the most pious that was in Ireland in his reign"


Further information about the byname na mBocht, 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)
[Conn na mBocht]
AM807.18Conn na m-Bocht
AM807.18Conn na m-Bocht
[Conn na mBocht] (d. 1060)
UU1060.4Conn na m-Bocht Cluana M. Nois
[Domnall na mBocht] (d. 1068)
UU1068.5Domnall m. Neill m. Mael Sechlainn .i. Domnall na m-Bocht ri Ailigh
BM1068.6Domhnall ua Maoilechlainn, .i. mac Neill mic Maoileachlainn, tigherna Oiligh
BM1068.6Domhnall-sin do-ghoirthí Domhnall na m-Bocht, & as-beara go m-ba sé ba cráibhdhidhe ro bhoí i n-Erinn ina réimhes ["this Domhnall was usually called Domhnall of the Poor, and it is said that he was the most pious that was in Ireland in his reign"]

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