Index of Names in Irish Annals: Torcaill, Turcaill

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

© 2000-2008 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 2.0, updated 18 February 2008

Masculine Given Names: Torcaill, Turcaill


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: 1093, 1124, 1127-1134, 1133, 1145, 1146, 1148, 1160, 1170, 1171

Research Notes:


Further information about the name Torcaill, Turcaill 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. 1093)
II1093.5Turcaill mac Éola
(d. ?)
UU1124.1NTorfind m. Turcaill primh-oigthigern Gall n-Erenn
LCLC1124.1NToirfhinn mac Turcuill, prímh oig tigesn Gall n-Erenn
(d. ?)
LCLC1133.2NTorcaill [Note: may be in genitive case due to sentence structure.]
CCC [1127-1134]Section 53Ndo ansat Lochlannaig in baile fein ann .i. Lulach & Amhlaibh & Lagmann & Turcaill & Gilla Ciarain mac Henruc in t-senrigh & Oitir Dubh
TT1146.9NRaghnall mac Turcaill, rí Gall Atha Clíath
CSCS1146NRaghnall mac Turcaill righ Gall
MCB1MCB1145-7.1NRadhnall mac Turcaill, ri Atha Cliath
BM1146.3NRaghnall mac Torcaill, .i. mórmhaor Atha Cliath
TT1148.3Nmacaib Turcaill
CSCS1148Nmacaib meic Turccall
UU1160.5NBrodur, mac Torcaill, ri Atha Cliath
TT1160.5NBrodar mac Turcaill, rí Atha Cliath
BM1160.12NBrodar mac Turcaill, tigherna Atha Cliath
UU1171.2NAscall, mac Torcaill, ri Atha Cliath
LCLC1171.2NAxoll mac Torcaill, rí Atha Cliath
MCB1MCB1171.2NIohannes Orcach & Turcaill, da aramann Atha Cliath ["Iohannes Orcach and [Haskulf son of Raghnall son of] Thorkil, two officials of Dublin"]
BM1170. [should be M1170.13]NAsgall, mac Raghnaill mic Turcaill áirdrí Gall Atha Cliath

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