Index of Names in Irish Annals: Muirchertach / Muircheartach

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

© 2000-2003 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.4, updated 12 September 2003

Masculine Given Names: Muirchertach / Muircheartach


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: 23
Found in Years: 882, 941, 943, 977, 1057, 1060, 1089, 1092, 1102, 1114, 1202, 1264, 1459, 1466, 1471, 1472, 1495, 1507, 1510, 1547, 1593, 1597, 1598

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Muirchertach / Muircheartach, 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. 882)
UU882.2Muirchertach m. Neill, abbas Daire Calcaigh & aliarum ciuitatum
(d. 943)
UU943.2Muirchertach m. Neill, .i. Muirchertach na Cochall Craicinn, ri Ailigh & Echtoir iarthair beatha ["Muirchertach son of Niall, i.e. Muirchertach of the Leather Cloaks, king of Ailech and the Hector of the western world"]
II943.1Muirchertaich m. Neill, rigdamna h-Erend ["Muirchertach son of Niall, royal heir of Ireland"]
BM941.7Muirchertach na c-Cochall c-Croicenn, mac Néill Glúnduibh, tighearna Oiligh, Eachtair Iarthair Eorpa ina aimsir ["Muircheartach of the Leather Cloaks, son of Niall Glundubh, lord of Aileach, the Hector of the west of Europe in his time"]
(d. 977)
UU977.1Muirchertach m. Domnaill H. Neill
(d. 1057)
UU1057.7Muircertach H. Tresaichri H. m-Barche
(d. 1060)
UU1060.6Muircertach mac Gilla Fhulartaigh ridomnana n-Dese
(d. 1089)
UU1089.4Muircertach H. Laithein ri Sil Duibthire
(d. 1092)
BM1092.4RMuirchertach, mac Loingsich, comharba Findéin Cluana h-Eraird
(d. 1102)
BM1102.12Muirchertach Ua Conchobhair Failge
(d. 1114)
BM1114.8Muirchertach, mac Mic Lochlainn, ríoghdhamhna Oilichc
(d. 1202)
CM1202.1RMuircertach Ua Carmacain epscop Cluana Fertu Brenainn
(d. 1264)
CM1264.3Muirceartach mac Domhnaill Uí Airt
(d. 1459)
DM1459.14Muircertach Ua Dálaigh
(d. 1466)
DM1466.20Muirceartach mac Con Connacht Ui Dhálaigh
(d. 1471)
DM1471.22Muircertach mac Eoghain Uí Neill
(d. 1472)
DM1472.8Muirchertach mac Tomaltaigh mic Iomair Uí áinnlighi
(d. 1495)
DM1495.4Muirchertach, mac Uaitne Uí áinlighi taoíseach Chenél Dobhtha mic Aonghusa
(d. 1507)
EM1507.3O Flannaccain Tuaithe Ratha Muircheartach mac Muircheartaigh
(d. 1510)
EM1510.1RMuirchertach mac Murchaidh mic Toirrdhealbhaigh epscop Chille Fionnabhrach
(d. 1547)
EM1547.17Mac Murchadha, Muirchertach mac Airt Buidhe
(d. 1593)
FM1593.9Muirchertach mac Conchobhair, mic Toirdhealbhaigh Uí Bhriain
(d. 1593)
FM1593.10Muirchertach mac Domhnaill, mic Conchobhair Uí Bhriain
(d. 1597)
FM1597.11Muircertach Ulltach mac Seain
(d. 1598)
FM1598.7Muircertach Cam mac Concobhair, mic Mathgamhna, mic Tomáis

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