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

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

© 2000-2003 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 21 August 2003

Descriptive Bynames: na mBuilleadh


"[of] the Blows" (specifically physical blows or strokes - could have different implied meanings; see Research Notes section below)


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: 1591, 1592

Research Notes:

[email from Talan Gwynek (29 Jul 2002) answering a question of mine about this byname:]

My question:

Just want to confirm that 'of the Blows' (na mBuilleadh) in the byname below is a reference to fighting skill, battles, or some such.

Talan's response:

It does indeed refer to physical blows or strokes. It may well be a reference to fighting skill or the like, but it could also be a reference to the giving or receiving of judicial punishment or, I expect, lots of other things.


Further information about the byname na mBuilleadh, 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)
[Uatér na mBuilleadh mac Riocaird mhic Seaain an Tearmainn mhic Mhaoílir] (d. 1591)
FM1591.6Mac mec Uilliam Búrc .i. Uatér na m-Builledh mac Riocaird mic Seain an Termainn, mic Maoílir ["The son of Mac William Burke, namely, Walter of the Blows, the son of Rickard, son of John of the Termon, son of Myler"]
FMvol. 6, p. 1908, 1592Mac mec uilliam búrc .i. uatér na mbuilled. mac Riocaird mic Seain an termainn, mic maoílir

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