Index of Names in Irish Annals: Bressal

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

© 2000-2007 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 17 February 2007

Masculine Given Names: Bressal


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: 27
Found in Years: 435, 436, 644, 683, 685, 693, 695, 714, 733, 737, 738, 744, 749, 750, 763, 764, 768, 777, 778, 782, 787, 792, 796, 801, 822, 824, 834, 835, 841, 842, 843, 845, 894, 899, 970, 1003, 1004, 1005, 1026, 1030, 1044

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Bressal 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.

Special factors which may affect name usage are marked in the context column.

ANindicates a member of an Anglo-Norman family
ASindicates an Anglo-Saxon
Nindicates a Norseman
Pindicates a Pict
Rindicates a person holding a religious office
Sindicates a person from Scotland

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.

AnnalsEntryContextCitation (formatting preserved)
(d. 435-436)
UU435.1Bressail regis Laighen [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
II436.1Bressail Bricc regis [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
UU436.1Bresail [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
AM435.2Breasal Belach, mac Fiacha Aicedha, mic Cathaoir Móir, (ri Laighean)
(d. 644)
UU644.3Bresail m. Sechnasaich [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
(d. 683-685)
UU685.3Bresail filii Ferguso [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
TT685.4Bresail maic Fergusa ríg Coba [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
CSCS685Bressail {meic} Fergusa [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
AM683.4Breasal, mac Fergusa, toisech Cobha
(d. 693-695)
UU695.1Finsnechta rex Temhro, .i. a n-Greallaig Dhollaigh, & Bresal filius eius ["Fínnechta, king of Temair, and Bresal his son"]
TT695.1Fínachta mac Dunchada maic Aeda Slane rí Erenn & Bresal filius eius
CSCS695Fínshnachta mac Dunchadha meic Aeda SláineErenn et Bressal filius eius
AM693.3Breasal, mac Fionnachta
(d. ?)
UU714.7filium Bresail, regem Nepotum Echdach
TT714.7filium Bresail regem Nepotum Echach
(d. ?)
UU733.6Echdach Cobo filii Bresail ["Echaid of Coba, son of Bresal"] [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
(d. 737)
UU737.6Bresal m. Concobair Airdd
(d. ?)
TT744.11Eachach maic Bresail ríg O n-Eachach
AM739.6Eochaidh mac Bresail, flaith Ua n-Eathach
(d. 744-749)
UU749.2RBresail m. Colggen abbatis Fernand [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
TT749.2RBresail maic Colgan, ab Fernann [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
AM744.2RBreasal mac Colgan, abb Ferna
(d. 733-750)
UU750.10Bresail m. Aedho Roin [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
AM733.3Bresal, mac Aodha Róin, ri Uladh
(d. 764)
UU764.6Bresal m. Murchada
UU764.11Bresail m. Murchada [Note: name is in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
(d. ?)
UU768.5Eithne ingen Bresail Bregh, regina regum Temhorie
AM763.8Eithne, inghen Bresail Bregh, ben rí Temhrach
(d. ?)
(d. ?)
UU782.1Cormac m. Bresail abbas Airdd Breccain
AM777.2Corbmac, mac Bresail, abb Aird Breacain
(d. 787-792)
UU792.4Bresal m. Flaithri rex Dal Araide
AM787.9Breasal, mac Flathrai, tigherna Dáil Araidhe
(d. 796-801)
UU801.4RBresal m. Segeni, abbas Iae
AM796.2RBresal, mac Segeni, abb Iae
(d. 801)
UU801.7Bresal m. Gormgaile de Genere Loeghaire
(d. ?)
UU824.7Eochaid m. Bressail, ri Dal Araide in Tuaisceirt
AM822.6Eochaidh, mac Bresail, tigherna Dail Araidhe an Tuaisceirt
(d. 834-835)
UU835.7RBresal m. Cormaicc princeps Cille Dumai Glinn
AM834.2RBreasal, mac Corbmaic, airchindech .i. abb Cille Dumha & ceall n-aile
(d. ?)
UU842.3Finsnechta m. Bresail abbas Cille Dumai Glinn
AM841.5Fineachta, mac Bresail, abb Chille Dumha
(d. ?)
UU845.10Robartach m. Bresail, abbas Achaid Bo Cainnigh
AM843.5Robhartach, mac Bresail, abb Achaidh Bó Cainnigh
(d. 843)
AM843.7RBreasal, mac Caingne, abb Cille Manach
(d. 894-899)
UU899.1Bresal fer leigind Aird Macha
AM894.5Breasal, fer leighinn Arda Macha
(d. 970)
CSCS970Bresal mac nAilellen
(d. ?)
UU1004.1Oengus m. Bresail, comarba Cainnigh
II1005.4Oengussa m. Bressail, comarbai Chainnich
BM1003.2Aonghus, mac Breasal, comharba Caindigh
(d. 1030)
UU1030.1RBresal Conaillech, comarba Ciarain
II1030.2RBressal, comarba Ciarain
CSCS1026RBresal Conaillech
CSCS1030RBresal Conaillech do Conaillibh Muirtemne comarba Ciaráin
BM1030.1RBreasal Conailleach, comharba Ciaráin
(d. ?)
BM1044.4Ailill, mac Breasail, saccart fois Cluana Mic Nóis

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