Index of Names in Irish Annals: Gilla Ríabhach / Giolla Ríabhach

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

© 2000-2010 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 03 January 2010

Masculine Given Names: Gilla Ríabhach / Giolla Ríabhach


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: 8
Found in Years: 1125, 1155, 1183, 1207, 1212, 1213, 1235, 1360, 1421, 1527, 1573

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Gilla Ríabhach / Giolla Ríabhach 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.

[Standardized form of this man's name]
AnnalsEntryContextCitation (formatting preserved)
(d. 1125)
TT1125.2Flann & and Gilla Riabach, da mac Aineislis h-Úi Eidhin
BM1125.10Flann & An Giolla Riabhach, da mhac Ainéislis Ui Eidhin
(d. 1155)
TT1155.6im Gilla Riabach mac maic Con Caillea Gabalaigh
BM1155.21a mac .i. An Giolla Riabhach
(d. 1183)
UU1183.1In Gilla Riabach h-Ua Flaithbertaigh
(d. 1213)
U2U1213.2in Gilla Riabhach h-Ua Tairceirt, idon, rightoisech Clainni Sneidhgile & Clainni Finghin ["the Gilla Riabhach Ua Taircheirt, namely, royal chief of Clann-Sneidhghille and Clann-Finghin"]
CM1212.9Uí Thaircheirt, .i. an Giolla Riabhach toiseach Cloinne Sneidhghile & Cloinne Fíngin
(d. ?)
CM1207.1an Giolla Riabhach mac Ceallaigh Uí Baoighill
U2U1235.1macaibh in Gilla Riabaigh h-Ui Baighill
Co1235.5maccaib in Gilla Riabaig h. Baigill ["the sons of Gilla Riabach O Baigill"]
LCLC1235.3macaibh an Gilla Riabaigh h-I Bhaighill
CM1235.4la macaibh an Ghiolla Riabhaigh Uí Bhaoighill
(d. ?)
CM1360.15Art mac Giolla Riabhaigh Mhég Aengusa
(d. 1421)
Co1421.16In Gilla Riabach h. Clerig
DM1421.10An Giolla Riabhach Ua Clerigh
(d. 1527)
U3U1527.4O Cleirigh (.i. in Gilla Ríabach), .i. ollamh Uí Domnaill re sencus
Co1527.5O Clerigh .i. an Gilla Riabach mac Taidc Chaim
LC2LC1527.4O Cleirigh.i. an Gilla Riabach mac Taidhg Caim
EM1527.8O Cléirigh .i. An Giolla Riabhach mac Taidhcc Caim
EM1573.11Muiris mac An Ghiolla Riabhaigh (.i. Ó Cléirigh) Uí Chléirigh

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