King Brian BORU, Of Ireland[1, 2]

Male Abt 926 - 1014  (~ 88 years)


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  • Name Brian BORU  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Prefix King 
    Suffix Of Ireland 
    Born Abt 926  Kincora, Munster, Eireann (Ireland) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Alt. Birth Abt 941 
    Alt. Birth 
    Alt. Birth 942 
    Alt. Birth 
    Titled Between 1002 and 1014 
    Alt. Death 1013 
    Alt. Death 
    Name Brian Boroimhe King Of IRELAND 
    Name Brian Boru Na MUNSTER 
    Name Brian BORUM 
    Died 23 Apr 1014  Battle Of Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Buried Ard Macha (Armagh), Near Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I10488  Carney Genealogy
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2012 

    Father King Ceinneidigh (Cennetig) Na CENNEDI (KENNEDY), Of Thomond,   b. Abt 900, Kincora, Munster, Eireann (Ireland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 951  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Mother Babhion (Be-Bind) O'FLAHERTY,   b. Abt 905, West Connaught, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F5226  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Eachraidh Ui Aeda ODBA,   b. Abt 947, Eireann (Ireland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 978  (Age ~ 31 years) 
    Married Abt 972  Eireann (Ireland) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Blanaid Nic BRIAN, Of Munster,   b. Abt 968, Munster, Eireann (Ireland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Tadhg (Teige) O'BRIEN, King Of Munster,   b. Abt 973, Clare, Munster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1022  (Age ~ 49 years)
     3. Slani O'BRIEN,   b. Abt 980, Munster, Eireann (Ireland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
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    Family ID F5227  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Gormflaith Ingen Murchada Mac Finn Of LEINSTER,   b. Abt 950, Leinster, Eireann (Ireland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1030, Kincora, Munster, Eireann (Ireland) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Married 982  Eireann (Ireland) Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Children 
     1. King Donnchad Of MUNSTER,   b. Abt 983, Munster, Eireann (Ireland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1064, Rome, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
     2. Morough O'brien King Of LEINSTER,   b. Abt 979, Eireann (Ireland) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Morgan O'BRIAN,   d. Yes, date unknown
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    Family ID F5223  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Mor Of West CONNACHT,   d. Yes, date unknown 
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    Family ID F569  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Dubhchobhlaigh Nic CATHAL,   d. Yes, date unknown 
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    Family ID F573  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Last Modified 29 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F5228  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Last Modified 29 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F5229  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Last Modified 29 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F5230  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Family ID F5231  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Last Modified 29 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F5232  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Brian Bóruma mac Cennétig
      King of Ireland, 1002-1014; king of Mumu (Munster), 978-1014.

      Brian became king of Munster upon defeating and killing the previous king Máel Muad mac Brain (of Éoganacht Raithlind) in 978 [AU; CGH 360 (Munster king list)]. In 1002, he was recognized as king of Ireland on the submission of Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill. His forces were victorious at the famous Battle of Clontarf near Dublin on Good Friday, 23 April 1014, but both Brian and his son Murchad were killed there.

      Brian Boroimhe * (Boru), the 175th Monarch of Ireland: a younger son of Cieadh; b. 926, at Kincora, the royal seat of his ancestors; and fell by the hand of Brodar, the Danish admiral at, the battle of Clontarf, on Good Friday, the 23rd April, 1014, in the 88th year of his age. This Brian ("Brian": Irish, very greath strength), was the ancestor of O'Brien, Kings of Thomond. He had eleven brothers, of whom only four left issue, viz. - I. Mahoun, the eldest brother, who was King of Munster, before Brian, and a quo many families. II. Donchamacn, who was the ancestor of among other families, Custace, O'Kennedy, O'Regan (of Thomond), O'Kelleher, O'Beollan (or Boland), O'Casey, Power, Twomey, etc. III. Eichtigern (a quo Ahearne, Hearne, Heron), who was ancestor of MacCraith, (or MacGrath), of Thomond, ets. IV> Anlmacn, who was the ancestor of Quirk, etc.

      Brian Boroimhe was four times m.; his first wife was Mor, dau. of Flan O'Hyne, Prince of Hy-Fichra Aidhue, in Galway, by whome he had three sons of whom Murrough, who fell at the Battle of Clontarf, was one. Brian was secondly m. to Eachraidh, dau. of Cerbhall, son of Olioll Fionn, and had: 1. Teige; 2. Donal, who distinguished himself at Clontarf, and was slain by the Siol Murray in a battle fought by the Dalcassians against the Conacians. His third wife was Gormliath, the "Kormloda" of Icelandic history; sister of Maelmora, King of Leinster: and relict of Aulaf, the Danish King of Dublin, to whom she bore the celebrated Sitric, who succeeded his father as King of the Danes of Dublin. By Gormliath Brian had Donogh, the 176th Monarch of Ireland, who was the ancestor of Plunkett, and of the O'Briens of Coomacgh, in Limerick, and of Aherlow, in Tipperary; and a daughter Dabh, who m. Cian who is #109 on the "O'Mahony" pedigree, by whom she had Mathgabhuin, the founder of the family of O'Mahony, in the county Cork. Brian's fourth wife was Dubhcobhla, who d. s.p. 1009; she was dau. of Cathal O'Connor, King of Connaught.

      *Brian Boroimhe is represented by our old annaists as a man of fine figure, large stature, of great strength of body, and undaunted valour; and has been always justly celebrated as one of the greatest of the Irish Monarchs, equally conspicuous for his mental endowments and physical energies; a man of great intellectmacl powers, sagacity, and bravery; a warrior and legislator; and, at the same time, distinguished for his munificence, piety, and patronage of learned men: thus combining all the elements of a great character, and equally eminent in the arts of war and peace; a hero and patriot, whose memory will always remain famous as one of the foremost of the Irish Kings, in wisdom and valour. Brian lived at his palace of (Cean Cora) (Kincora), in a style of regal splendour and magnificence, unequalled by any of the Irish Kings since the days of Cormac MacArt, the celebrated Monarch of Ireland in the third century - the glories of whose palace at Tara were for many ages the theme of the Irish bards. [Irish Landed Gentry, pp 122-123]


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      Annals of Ulster has many various entries on Brian Boru from about 999 until his death in 1014. (pp 429-449)

      U1014.2
      Brian son of Ceinnetig son of Lorcan, king of Ireland, and Mael Sechnaill son of Domnall, king of Temair, led and army to Ath Cliath. All the Laigin were assembled to meet him, and the foreigners of Aith Cliath, and a like number of the foreigners of Scandinavia, i.e. to the number of 1,000 breastplates. A valiant battle was fought between them, the like of which was never before encountered. Then the foreigners and teh Laigin first broke in defeat, and they were completely wiped out. There fell on the side of the foreign troop in this battle Mael Morda son of Murchad, king of Laigin, and Domnal son of Fergal, king of the Forthmactha, and of the foreigners there fell Dubgall son of Amlaib, Siucraid son of Lodur, jarl of Innsi Orc, and Gilla Ciarain son of Glun Iairn, heir designate of the foreigners, and Oittir Dub and Smacrtgair and Donnchad grandson of Erulb and Grisene and Luimne and Amlaib son of Lagmann and Brotor who slew Brian i.e. chief of the Scandinavian fleet, and six thousand who were killed or drowned. Of the Irish moreover there fell in the counter-shock Brian son of Ceinneting, over-king of the Irish of Ireland, and of the foreigners and of the Britons, the Augustus of the whole of north-west Europe, and his son Murchad, and the latter's son, i.e. Tairdelbach son of Murchad, and Conaing son of Donn Cmacn son of Cenneitig, heir designate of Mumu, and Mothla son of Domnal son of Faelan, king of the Deisi Muman; Eochu son of Dunadach and Niall mac Cuinn and Ceineitig's son, - Brian's three companions; two kings of Ui Maine, mac Cellaig .......... , and Mael Rmacnaid mac hEidin, king of Aidne, and Claen, king of Ciarraige Lmacchra and Domnall son of Diarmait, king of Corcu Daiscinn, and Scannlan son of Cathal, king of Eoganacht of Loch Lein, and other nobles. Mael Muire son of Eochaid, successor of Patrick, with his venerable clerics and relics, came moreover to Sord Coluim Chille, and brought away the body of Brian, king of Ireland, and the body of his son Murchad, and the head of Conaing and the head of Mothla, and buried them in Ard Macha in a new tomb. For twelve nights the community of Patrick waked the bodies in honour of the dead king. [Annals of Ulster, p 447-449]

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      Annals of the Four Masters has many entries on Brian Boru from about 997 until his death in which it has in1013. (pp 737-781)

      M1013.11
      An army was lead by Brian, son of Ceinneidigh, son of Lorcan, King of Ireland, and by Maelseachlainn, son of Domhnall, King of Teamhair, to Ath-cliath. The foreigners of the west of Europe assembled against Brian and Maelseachlainn; and they took with them ten hundred men with coats of mail. A spirited, fierce, violent, vengeful, and furious battle was fought between them, the likeness of which was not to be found in that time, - at Clmacintarbh, on the Friday before Easter precisely. In this battle were slain Brian, son of Ceinneidigh, monarch of Ireland, who was the Augustus of all the West of Europe, in the eighty-eighth year of his age; Murchadh, son of Brian, heir apparent to the sovereignty of Ireland, in the sixty-third year of his age; Conaing, son of Donncmacn, the son of Brian's brother; Toirdhealbhach, son of Murchadh, son of Brian; Mothla, son of Domhnall, son of Faelan, lord of the Deisi-Mumhan; Eocha, son of Dunadhach, i.e. chief of Clann-Scannlain; Niall mac Cuinn; Cuduiligh, son of Ceinneidigh, the three companions of Brian; Tadha mac Cealliagh, lord of Ui Maine; Maelrmacnaidh na Paidre mac hEidhin, lord of Aidhne; Geibheannach, son of Dubhagan, lord of Feara-Maighe; Mac-Beatha, son of Muireadhach Claen, lord of Ciarraighe-Lmacchra; Domhnall, son of Diarmaid, lord of Corca-Bhaiscinn; Scannlan, son of Cathal, lord of Eoghanacht-Locha Lein; and Domhnall, son of Einhin, son of Cainneach, great steward of Mair in Alba. The forces were afterwards routed by dint of battling, bravery, and striking, by Maelseachlainn, from Tulcainn to Ath-cliath, against the foreigners and the Leinstermen; and there fell Maelmordha, son of Murchadh, son of Finn, King of Leinster; the son of Brogarbhan, son of Conchobhar, Tanist of Ui-Failghe; and Tuathal, son of Ugaire, royal heir of Leinster; and a countless slaughter of the Leinstermen along with them. There were also slain Dubhghall, son of Amhlaeibh, and Gillaciarain, son of Gluniairn, two tanists of the foreigners; Sichfrith, son of Loder, Earl of Innsi hOrc; Brodar, chief of the Danes of Denmarks, who was the person that slew Brian. The ten hundred in armour were cut to pieces, and at the least three thousand of the foreigners were slain. It was of the death of Brian and of this battle the following quatrain was composed:
      Thirteen years, one thousand complete
      Since Christ was born, not long since the date,
      Of prosperous years - accurate the enumeration -
      until the foreigners were slaughtered together with Brian.
      Maelmuire, son of Eochaidh, successor of Patrick, proceeded with the seniors and relics to Sord-Choluim-Chille; and they carried from thence the body of Brian, King of Ireland, and the body of Murchadh, his son, and the head of Conaing, and the head of Mothla. Maelmuire and his clergy waked the bodies with great honour and veneration; and they were interred at Ard-Macha in a new tomb.

    RULED:
    • 1002-1014

    Alt. Birth:
    • Ireland
    • Eireann (Ireland)

    Titled:
    • Ard-Righ (High­King) of Eireann (Ireland)

  • Sources 
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    2. [SAuth] Jim Carney, compiled by James H Carney [(E-ADDRESS), & MAILING ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Minyama, Queensland 4575 AUSTRALIA.

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    5. [S795] Annals of the Four Masters; John O'Donovan, ed., Dublin, 1848 - 51, (translation available at Corpus of Electronic Texts), 737-781 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S796] Annals of Ulster, Mac Airt & Mac Niocaill's translation, 1983, digital edition , 429-449 (Reliability: 3).

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