Mac Mahon Irish Annals
Notes from the various Irish Annals
1181 ~ 1608
This page is a compilation of all the known references in Irish literature to the MacMahon Overlordship of Airghialla. If you read this in its entirety you will get a sense for the conditions which existed during the MacMahon reign. Do keep in mind the various annalists were only recording the most notable events, which generally pertain to violence. You will notice that there is more fighting among the Irish than against the English (or Normans) though the cause of the fighting may well be due to pressures caused by the latter, at least in part. These documents represent the sources of most of what has been written anywhere about this period of time.
C = Annals of Connacht
AI = Annals of Innisfallen
LC = Annals of Loch Ce
M = Annals of the Four Masters
U = Annals of Ulster
MCB = Mac Carthaigh's book - Miscellaneous Irish Annals (A.D. 1114-1437)
Mathgamain son of Laidcnén, king of Fernmag, was killed by Cathalán ua
Crícháin in the middle of Cluain Eóis.
A victory was gained at Sliabh-Fuaid,
4] over the Airghialla, by Niall, son of Eochaidh; and a
5] terrible slaughter of the Airghialla was committed there.
6] Mathghamhain, son of Laighnén, king of Fermhagh, was
7] slain by Cathal Ua Crichain, in the middle of Cluain-Eois. (Clones)
Mathghamhain, son of Laidhgnen, son of Cearbhall, lord of Fearnmhagh, was
slain at Cluain-Eois, by Cathal Ua Crichain.
Aedh Mac Murchadha, royal chief of Muinnter-Birn and the Airthir and the
Cantred, was killed by Mac Mathgamna in treachery, at a meeting.
Louth was plundered and burned, together with its castle, by Niall Mac
Mathghamhna and John de Courcy.
The monastery of Peter and Paul was plundered and burned by Bratach Buile Ó
Maothagain and Mac Mathghamhna's bandits.
Éigneachan Ó Domhnaill, king of Cinéal Conaill, and many others were killed
by Niall Mac Mathghamhna, the Fir Manach, and Tuath Ratha, as they were
plundering the country as far as Fochraobh.
The son of Mac Mathghamhna and the  Feara-Manach, and the Airghialla, victores fuerunt.
A.D. 1211. A castle [was built] at Caoluisce Locha Éirne by Henry Beck(?)
for the king of England; and he himself was killed there by Ó Néill and Mac
A castle [was built] at Clones by a force of the king of England's men, and
they made a foray to Abha Tíre Crithmuiun, and defeat and slaughter [were
inflicted] on that force by Ó Néill and Mac Mathghamhna.
Another hosting by the Foreigners of Erinn and
18] the same Foreign Bishop, to take possession of the
19] North of Erinn, when they erected the castle of Cluain-Eois;
20] and the Feara-Manach, and the son of Mac Mathghamhna,
21] inflicted a great slaughter on them on the
22] northern side of Cluain-Eois.
At the end of a week afterwards
24] O'Neill Ruadh and the son of Mac Mathghamhna came
25] and took a great prey from the Foreigners, viz.:-one
26] thousand and two hundred cows. The Foreigners and
27] O'Fothuelan went after them.
The battle of Carn-Siadhail was fought by Domnall Mag Lachlainn, wherein
was killed Domnall O'Neill of Tamnach, and Mag Mathgamna and the nobility
of all Cenel-Moen and a multitude more [were slain]. And he (namely,
Domnall Mac Lachlainn) had been dethroned the year before that and he
assumed the same kingship again, on the morrow of that great defeat he
The battle of Carnteel was fought by Domnall Mac Lochlainn. Here were killed Domnall O Neill of Tamnach, Mac Mathgamna, Somairle O Gormlegaig, Caech O Gormlegaig of Barnasmore and the nobles of Cenel Muain, with a multitude of others. After this defeat of Cenel Muain and Oriel, Mac Lochlainn regained the kingship which had been taken from him.
The battle of
31] Carn-tShiadhail was given by Domhnall Mac Lachlainn,
32] in which were slain Domhnall Tamhnaighe O'Neill,
1] and Mac Mathghamhna, and Somhairle O'Gairmleghaigh,
2] and Caech-Bernais O'Gairmleghaigh, and the chieftains
3] of Cenel-Moain, and great numbers besides; and
4] he assumed again the sovereignty which had been
5] taken from him the year before, after this great defeat
6] which he inflicted on the Cenel-Moain and the
The battle of Carn tSiadhail was fought by Domhnall Mac Lochlainn, and in
it Domnall Tamhnaighe Ó Néill, Mac Mathghamhna, nobles of Cinéal Moáin, and
a number of others were killed. He had been deposed the year before, and he
took the same kingship again after that great defeat which he inflicted.
The battle of Carnteel was fought by Donnell Mac Loughlin, where Donnell
Tamnaighe O'Neill, Mac Mahon, Sorley O'Gormly, and Caech-Bearnais
Bearnais O'Gormly, and the chiefs of Kinel Moen, with many others, were
slain. Mac Loughlin reassumed the lordship after this battle, but was
deprived of it without delay.
(Maurice Fitz Gerald and Cathal Ua Raighillaigh and Eachaidh Mag Mathghamna
went [with] a host into Tir Conaill and Niall Ua Canannan, namely, king of
Tir Conaill, was killed by them.)
U1270.2 - (1273)
Eochaidh Mac Mathgamna [king of Oirghialla] rested in Christ.
Eochaid Mac Mathgamna, king of Oriel, was killed, with many others not enumerated here, by O hAnluain and the Cenel Eogain this year.
3] Mathghamhna, king of Oirghiall, and many more along
4] with him who are not specified, were killed by O'hAnluain
5] and the Cenel-Eoghain in hoc anno.
Eochy Mac Mahon, Lord of Oriel, and many others along with him, were slain
by O'Hanlon and the Kinel-Owen.
Aedh Ua Neill the Tawny was killed by Mag Mathgamna (that is, by Brian and
by Ua Raghallaigh).
Aed Buide O Neill, king of the Cenel nEogain, a prince eligible for the kingship of Ireland, was killed by Brian Mag Mathgamna and the rest of the Airgialla and Gilla Isa Ruad son of Domnall O Raigillig this year.
15] Aedh Buidhe O'Neill, king of Cenel-Eoghain, and also
16] royal heir of all Erinn; head of the hospitality and valour
17] of the Gaeidhel, and the most distinguished of the North
18] for bestowing jewels, and cattle, and horses; and the most
19] formidable and victorious man of the Cenel-Eoghain in his
20] own time, was slain by Brian Mac Mathghamhna, king of
21] Oirghiall, and by the Oirghialla likewise, and by Gilla-Isa
22] Ruadh, son of Domhnall O'Raighilligh, in hoc anno.
Hugh Boy O'Neill, Lord of Kinel-Owen; head of the liberality and valour of
the Irish; the most distinguished in the North for bestowing jewels and
riches, the most formidable and victorious of his tribe in his time, and
the worthy heir to the throne of Ireland; was slain by Mac Mahon (Brian)
and the Oriels, and Gilla-Isa Roe, son of Donnell O'Reilly.
Cu-Ulad O'Anluain, king of the Oirrthir and his brother and Aenghus
Mag-Mathgamna and many of the chiefs of his people were killed by the
Foreigners of Dun-delgan, in returning to their houses from the Earl.
Cu Ulad O hAnluain, his brother, Aengus Mag Mathgamna and many of their principal followers were killed by the Galls of Dundalk as they returned from [service with] the Earl, this same year.
28] O'hAnluain, and his brother, and Aenghus Mac Mathghamhna,
29] and a great many more of the nobles of their
30] people along with them, were killed by the Foreigners
31] of Dun-Delgan whilst they were returning from the
32] Earl in the same year.
Cu-Uladh O'Hanlon, Lord of Orior, Aengus Mac Mahon, and many others of the
chiefs of his people, were slain by the English of Dundalk, on their return
home from the Earl of Ulster.
Ruaidrí Buide Mac Mathgamna, and Tadc his kinsman, were slain in Dísert
Muirthile by Tairdelbach Óc Ó Briain and by Donnchad, son of Muiris Ó
Cennétig, and some say that it was Brian, son of Muiris, who betrayed them.
Ma[c] Craith Mag Uidhir, royal heir of Fir-Manach and Domnall Mac
Gille-Michil, chief of Clann-Conghaile, were pillaged and burned by Ralph
Mac Raith Mag Uidir, eligible prince of Fermanagh, and Donnchad Mac Gilla Micheil, chieftain of the Clann Congaile, were destroyed and burned by Roalb Mag Mathgamna.
21] Macraith Mac Uidhir, royal heir of Feara-Manach, and
22] Donn Mac-Gillamichil, dux of Clann-Conghaile, were
23] destroyed and burned by Roalbh Mac Mathghamhna.
Mac Craith Mac Uidhir, ríoghdhamhna of Fir Mhanach, and Donn Mac Giolla
Mhíchil, chieftain of Clann Chonghaile, were destroyed and burned by Roalb
Magrath Maguire, Tanist of Fermanagh, and Donn Mac Gilla-Michil, Chief of
Clann-Conghaile, were burned by Roolv Mac Mahon.
Brian Mag Mathgamna, king of Oriel, died.
Brian Mac Mathghamhna, king of Oirghiall,
29] mortuus est.
Ralph Mag Mathgamna was killed by his own kinsmen.
Roalb Mag Mathgamna was slain by his own kinsmen.
14] Roalbh Mac Mathghamhna was slain by his own brethren.
Roolbh Rodolph Mac Mahon was slain by his own kinsmen.
Muirchertach Ó Briain captured Brian, son of Mac Mathgamna, and Diarmait
his brother, in a skirmish, and put both to death along with a third
brother named Tadc, whom he held prisoner in chains.
But on hearing that William Burke had come into Connacht from Scotland, Feidlim called upon his subjects to assemble an army to expel him; and the army was assembled from all the region between Assaroe and Aughty. Moreover Donnchad O Briain, king of Thomond, came with his assembled host, and O Maelsechlainn, king of Meath, O Ruairc, king of Brefne, O Fergail, king of the Conmaicne, Tadc O Cellaig, king of Ui Maine, and many more of the kings' and chieftains' sons of Ireland assembled to him. And they all marched to Athenry to oppose William Burke, Mac Feorais, and the other Connacht Galls, and joined battle with them in front of the town. The Gaels were defeated and Feidlim O Conchobair, who was king of Connacht and entitled to become King of Ireland without opposition, was killed there and Tadc O Cellaig, king of Ui Maine fell with him, together with twenty-eight men who were entitled to succeed to the kingship of Ui Maine.
Magnus son of Domnall O Conchobair, tanist of Connacht, was killed, as were Art O hEgra, king of Leyney, Maelsechlainn Carrach O Dubda, Muirchertach son of Conchobar O Dubda, Conchobar Oc O Dubda, Diarmait Mac Diarmata, an eligible prince of Moylurg, Muirchertach son of Taichlech Mac Diarmata, Muirchertach son of Diarmait son of Fergal [Mac Diarmata], Maelsechlainn Oc Mac Magnusa, Sean son of Murchad O Matadain, Domnall son of Aed O Con Chenainn, king of the Ui Diarmata, and Muirchertach his brother, Murchad O Matadain, Domnall O Baigill, Donnchad O Mailmuaid and his followers, the son of Murchad Mag Mathgamna and a hundred of his men, Niall Sinnach, king of Tethba, and his followers, Fergal son of Seoan Gallda O Fergail, Uilliam son of Aed Oc O Fergail, Tomas son of Amlaib O Fergail. Five of the Clann Donnchaid fell there, viz. Tomaltach son of Gilla Crist Mac Donnchaid, Murchad Mac Donnchaid, Conchobar son of Tadc, Muirchertach and Maelsechlainn Mac Donnchaid. Eoin Mac Aedacain, brehon to O Conchobair, Gilla na Naem son of Dail re Docair O Dobailein, the standardbearer, and Tomas O Conallain fell around their lord. Moreover it is hard to say how many of the men of Munster and of Meath and of Ireland generally were killed there; in the words of the poet: 'Many of the men of all Ireland [lay dead] about that great field; many a king's son, whom I name not, of the Meath and Munster hosts was filled in that great rout; my heart rues the fight.' These deeds were done on the day of St. Laurence Martyr. Fedlimid was a man of twenty-three when he was killed, and he reigned for five years till Ruaidri son of Cathal usurped the kingship from him for half a year, and he reigned again for half a
year after Ruaidri's death till he was slain in this battle of Athenry.
32] Fedhlim afterwards plundered the favorites of Ruaidhri
33] O'Conchobhair, and then assumed himself the sovereignty
1] of Connacht from Es-Ruaidh to Echtghe. And he seized
2] the territory of the Uí-Briuin-Breifne, and took choice
3] hostages from them, and made Ualgharg O'Ruairc king
4] over them; and he took the hostages of Clann-Cellaigh,
5] and O'Madadhain, and Uí-Diarmada, and O'hEghra, and
6] O'Dubhda. And he afterwards went to expel the Foreigners
7] of the West of Connacht; and Baile-Atha-lethain was
8] burned by him, and Stephen de Exeter, and Miles Cogan,
9] and William Prendergast, and John Staunton, were slain
10] there, (viz., these were noble knights); and William Laighleis
11] was slain there, and a countless multitude 2[along with
12] them. And the entire country was plundered and burned
13] by him, from the castle of the Corran to Rodhba, both
14] church and territory; and he returned home afterwards
15] with gladness, and with great spoils. And they went forthwith
16] to Milic-na-Sinda, to meet the people of Leth-Modha;
17] and he burned and demolished the castle of Milic; and
18] Muirchertach O'Briain, king of Tuadh-Mumha, went into
19] his house there, the descendants of Brian Ruadh being
20] opposed to each other. And he turned back to Ros-Comain,
21] to demolish it. And when Fedhlim heard that
22] William Burk had arrived in Connacht from Alba, he
23] commanded a muster of his people to one place, to expel
24] him. And this was the muster that came there, viz., all
25] from Es-Ruaidh to Echtghe. And Donnchadh O'Briain,
26] king of Tuadh-Mumha, came in his following and
27] muster; and O'Maelechlainn, king of Midhe; and
28] O'Ruairc, king of Breifne; and O'Ferghail, king of Conmaicne;
29] and Tadhg O'Cellaigh, king of Uí-Maine, and
30] many more of the sons of kings and chieftains of Erinn,
1] came in his muster. And they all went to Ath-na-righ,
2] against William Burk, Mac Feorais, and the other
3] Foreigners of Connacht; and a battle was fought between
4] them at the door of the town, and the Gaeidhel were
5] defeated there, and Feidlilimidh O'Conchobhair, king of
6] Connacht, and undisputed heir presumptive to the
7] sovereignty of Erinn, was slain there, and Tadhg
8] O'Cellaigh, king of Uí-Maine, and twenty-eight persons
9] entitled to the sovereignty of Uí-Maine, fell there along
10] with him; and Maghnus, son of Domhnall O'Conchobhair,
11] tanist of Connacht; and Art O'hEghra, king of Luighne;
12] and Maelechlainn Carrach O'Dubhda and Muirchertach,
13] son of Conchobhar O'Dubhda; and Conchobhar Og
14] O'Dubhda; and Diarmaid Mac Diarmada, who was fit to
15] be king of Magh-Luirg; and Muirchertach, son of Taichlech
16] Mac Diarmada; and Muirchertach, son of Diarmaid,
17] son of Ferghal; and Maelechlainn Og Mac Maghnusa;
18] and John, son of Murchadh O'Madadhain; and Domhnall,
19] son of Aedh O'Concennainn, king of Uí-Diarmada, and
20] his brother Muirchertach along with him; and Murchadh
21] O'Madadhain; and Domhnall O'Baighill; and
22] Donnchadh O'Maelmhuaidh, together with his people;
23] and the son of Murchadh Mac Mathghamhna, and one
24] hundred of his people along with him; and Niall Sinnach,
25] king of Feara-Tethbha, with his people; and Ferghal, son
26] of John Gallda O'Ferghail; and William, son of Aedh Og
27] O'Ferghail; and Thomas, son of Amhlaibh O'Ferghail.
28] And five of the Clann-Donnchaidh were also slain there,
29] viz. Tomaltach, son of Gilla-Christ Mac Donnchaidh, and
30] Murchadh Mac Donnchaidh, and Conchobhar son of Tadhg,
31] and Muirchertach and Maelsechlainn Mac Donnchaidh.
32] And John Mac Aedhagan, O'Conchobhair's brehon, and
33] Gilla-na-naemh, son of Dal-redochair O'Dobhailen, the
1] standard bearer, and Thomas O'Conallan, were slain there
2] around their lord. And not alone this; but it is not
3] easy to tell all that were then slain of Momonians and
4] Meathians, and of the men of Erinn likewise, ut dixit the
Many of the men of Erin all, around the great plain-
Many sons of kings, whom I name not, were slain in the great defeat:
Sorrowful to my heart is the conflict of the host of Midhe and Mumha.
11] On the day of St. Laurence the martyr these deeds were
12] committed; and Fedhlimidh was twenty-three years old
13] when slain; and he had been five years in the sovereignty of
14] Connacht when Ruaidhri, son of Cathal Ruadh, assumed it
15] in opposition to him during the space of half a year; and
16] he was another half year after Ruaidhri in the sovereignty
17] until he was slain in this battle of Ath-na-righ.
A very great army was mustered by Felim O'Conor and the chiefs of the
province of Connaught. Among these chiefs were the following, viz.
1. Donough O'Brien, with the chiefs of Munster;
2. O'Melaghlin, King of Meath;
3. Malgary O'Rourke, Lord of Breifny;
4. O'Farrell, Lord of Annaly;
5. Teige O'Kelly, Lord of Hy-Many;
6. Manus, son of Donnell O'Conor, Tanist of Connaught;
7. Art 0'Hara, Lord of Leyny;
8. and Brian O'Dowda, Lord of Hy-Fiachrach.
They all marched to Athenry. The English of West Connaught mustered their
forces, to oppose them, namely, William Burke; the Baron Mac Feorais Bermingham, Lord of Athenry; and the greater part of the English of Leath Chuinn. A fierce and
spirited engagement took place between them, in which the Irish were at
last defeated. Felim O'Conor, from whom the Irish had expected more than
from any other Gael then living, was slain. There were also slain
1. Teige O'Kelly, Lord of Hy-Many, and
2. twenty-eight gentlemen of the O'Kellys;
3. Manus, son of Donnell O'Conor, Tanist of Connaught;
4. Art O'Hara, Lord of Leyny;
5. Melaghlin Carragh O'Dowda;
6. Conor Oge O'Dowda;
7. Murtough, son of Conor O'Dowda;
8. Dermot Mac Dermot, heir apparent to Moylurg;
9. Murtough, son of Taichleach Mac Dermot;
10. Murtough, son of Dermot O'Farrell;
11. Melaghlin Oge Mac Manus;
12. John, son of Murrough O'Madden;
13. Donnell, son of Hugh O'Concannon, Lord of Hy-Diarmada, and his brother
14. Murrough O'Madden;
15. Donnell O'Boyle;
16. Donough O'Molloy, and his people along with him;
17. Murrough, the son of Murrough Mac Mahon, and one hundred of his
18. Niall Sinnagh the Fox, Lord of the men of Teffia, and his people;
19. Farrell, son of John Gallda O'Farrell;
20. William, son of Hugh Oge O'Farrell;
21. Thomas, son of Auliffe O'Farrell; and
22. five of the Clann-Donough,
1. Tomaltagh, son of Gilchreest;
2. Murrough, son of Donough;
3. Conor, son of Teige;
4. Murtough, son of Donough; and
5. Melaghlin, son of Donough.
In this battle were also slain
1. John Mac Egan, O'Conor's Brehon;
2. Gilla-na-naev, son of Dailredocair O'Devlin,
O'Conor's standard-bearer; and
3. Thomas O'Conallan.
In short, it is impossible to enumerate or tell all the chiefs of
Connaught, Munster, and Meath, who fell in this battle. This terrible
battle was fought on the festival day of St. Lawrence lOth of August. Felim
O'Conor was twenty-three years of age at the time. Rory na-bhFeadh, the son
of Donough, son of Owen, son of Rory O'Conor was then inaugurated king of
Rory Mac Mahon, son of the Lord of Oriel, Melaghlin O'Seagannain, and Mac
Muldoon, were slain by Cathal O'Rourke at Bel-atha-Chonaill.
Teige O'Rourke and Tiernan Mac Rourke were made prisoners by the sons of
Matthew O'Reilly, and delivered by them into the hands of Mac Mahon, by
whom they were put to death in revenge of his son Rory, whom they had slain
some time before.
Donough Mac Kenna was slain in Mac Mahon's church.
Turlough Mac Mahon died.
Edwina, daughter of Mac Mahon, and wife of Maguire, died.
Tadhg, son of Toirdelbach Mac Mathgamna [died].
Toirrdelbach O Conchobair attacked Walter son of William Burke in his camp at Legvoy in Moylurg and drove him out to Cairthi Liac Fata. Gilliberd Mac Goisdelb, lord of Sliab Luga, came with a large army, and Tomaltach Mac Donnchada with another, to the help of Macwilliam, and these united forces turned back upon O Conchobair, and coming to the ford at Estersnow they killed a few of his people by the ford-Donnchad son of Domnall Mac Mathgamna, Mac Gilla Comgain and others not enumerated here; and O Conchobair escaped with speed and without loss of honour into the Tuatha. Macwilliam encamped
that night at Killummod, facing O Conchobair. The forces of all Connacht, both Gall and Gael, were ingship of Connacht for himself. Then a firm and friendly peace was made between Mac Diarmata and O Conchobair.
A camp attack was made by
16] Toirdhelbhach O'Conchobhair on Walter Mac William
17] Burk, in Lecmagh in Magh-Luirg, whom he drove from
18] thence to Cairthi-liag-fada. And Gilbert Mac Goisdelbh,
19] lord of Sliabh-Lugha, came with a large force to the assistance
20] of Mac William Burk, and Tomaltach Mac Donnchaidh
21] came with another force to the assistance of Mac William;
22] and both these armies turned against O'Conchobhair
23] until they reached Ath-Disert-Nuadan; and a few of
24] O'Conchobhair's people were slain about the ford, viz.:-
25] Donnchadh, son of Domhnall Mac Mathghamhna, and Mac
26] Gilla-Comghain, and other persons also who are not enumerated
27] here. O'Conchobhair went afterwards actively,
28] proudly, into the Tuatha; and Mac William fixed his camp
29] that night at Cill-Lomad, in presence of O'Conchobhair.
An attack was made by Turlough O'Conor, King of Connaught, upon the
camp of Walter, the son of William Burke, at Leagmagh, in Moylurg, and
forced him to retreat from thence to Cairthe-liag-fada. Gilbert Mac
Costello (at that time Lord of Slieve-Lugha) came with all his forces to
aid Mac William; and Tomaltagh Mac Donough, with his people, having turned
against O'Conor, came also to Mac William's assistance. These combined
forces attacked O'Conor, and an engagement took place between both parties
at Ath-Disirt-Nuadan, where Donough, son of Donnell Mac Mahon, Mac
Gillacowan and a few of O'Conor's people, were slain. Around the ford
O'Conor and the chiefs of his people effected a retreat into the Tuathas by
force; and Mac William (then) pitched his camp at Killomad, near O'Conor.
The forces of Connaught, both English and Irish (i.e. all those who sided
with him), were assembled by Mac William, in order to obtain the kingdom of
Connaught for himself, and he had them in readiness to depose O'Conor. When
Mac Dermot received intelligence of this, he turned against Mac William.
and took part with O'Conor; and a kindly and amicable peace was concluded
Murrough Mac Mahon was slain by John Mac Mahon and the English of Machaire
Tadhg and Maelechlainn,
28] two sons of Imhar Mac Raghnaill, were taken prisoners
29] by Cathal Mac Raghnaill, and Cathal Mac Raghnaill
30] was killed in the pursuit by the sons of Imhar-
31] (viz., these sons of Imhar were Conchobhar and Tomaltach)
32] -and by William Mac Mathghamhna, and by the
33] young men of the country along with them; and
34] Maghnus, son of Ferghal, was killed by them on the
1] same day; and Tadhg Mac Raghnaill assumed the
2] chieftaincy after these events.
Teige and Melaghlin, two sons of Ivor Mac Rannall, were taken prisoners by
Cathal Mac Rannall. Cathal was afterwards slain by their kinsmen, who,
having collected a considerable force, being joined by William Mac Mahon,
and by Conor and Tomaltagh, the two other sons of Ivor Mac Rannall, went to
rescue the sons of Ivor. Manus O'Farrell was slain by them on the same day.
Teige, the son of Ivor Mac Rannall, was then made chieftain.
John Mag Mathgamna was put out of Airghialla.
Seonac Mag Mathgamna was expelled from Oriel.
25] Mathghamhna was expelled from Oirghiall.
John Mac Mahon was banished from Oriel.
John Mag Mathgamna, eminent for generosity and prowess
was killed with his gallowglasses in the rere of a foray-party by the
household force of Aedh, son of Ralph [Mag Mathgamna] and by the
Clann-Ceallaigh, in the pursuit And an equal number were slain as were
Seoan Mag Mathgamna, king of Oriel, foremost in bounty and valour, went a-raiding against Roalb Mag Mathgamna and was killed, with his gallowglasses, in the rearguard of his prey; and as great was the slaughter as the drowning of them.
31] Mac Mathghamhna, a man eminent for bounty and
32] prowess, king of Oirghiall, went on a predatory expedition
33] against Roalbh Mac Mathghamhna, and was
1] slain, with his gallowglasses, in the rear of his band;
2] and as many of them were drowned as slain.
John Mac Mahon, Lord of Oriel, set out upon a predatory excursion against
Hugh, son of Roolv Rodolph Mac Mahon; and was slain in the rere of the
prey, and his gallowglasses were destroyed by killing and drowning.
U1341.5 (1344) sgahere
Aedh, son of Ralph Mag Mathgamna,
king of Oirghialla, died and Murchadh Mag Mathgamna junior was chosen in
his stead and died at the end of a week. Maghnus, son of Echaidh, son of
Ralph, took the kingship of Oirghialla.
Aed son of Roulb Mag Mathgamna, king of Oriel, died this year. Murchad Oc son of Murchad Mor son of Brian of the Mass-chalices was made king in his stead and died at the end of a week. Magnus son of Eochaid son of Roulb then assumed the kingship of Oriel.
6] of Roalbh Mac Mathghamhna, i.e. the king of Oirghiall,
7] mortuus est; and Murchadh Og, son of Murchadh Mór,
8] son of Brian-na-coiligh-aifrinn, was made king in his
9] place, and died in the course of a week. Maghnus, son
10] of Eochaidh, son of Roalbh, assumed the sovereignty of
11] Oirghiall afterwards.
Hugh, son of Roolbh Rodolph Mac Mahon, Lord of Oriel, died, and Murrough
Oge Mac Mahon next assumed the lordship, but died in a week afterwards; and
the lordship was then assumed by Manus, son of Cochy, son of Rodolph Mac
(Nualaith, daughter of Mag Mathgamna, died on the 6th of the Kalends of
June [May 27].
Defeat [was inflicted] by Brian Mag Mathgamna on the Foreigners, whence
came three hundred heads [of slain to be counted] at the place.
Brian Mag Mathgamna defeated the Galls, and they counted heads to the number of three hundred in one place.
A victory over the
28] Foreigners by Brian Mac Mathghamhna, so that three
29] hundred heads were counted in one place.
A victory was gained by Brian Mac Mahon over the English, and three hundred
of their heads) were counted after the battle.
John Mac Domnaill the Black was killed by Maghnus, son of Echaidh Mag
John Duv Mac Donnell was slain by Manus, son of Eochy Mac Mahon.
Ruaidhri, son of John Mag Mathgamna, was killed in the fortress of Mag Mathgamna.
Rory, the son of John Mac Mahon, was slain in Mac Mahon's fortress.
Ruaidri son of Seoan Mag Mathgamna was killed in Mag Mathgamna's stronghold.
Ruaidhri, son of John Mac Mathghamhna, was slain in Mac Mathghamhna's
Niall Mag Mathgamma was slain by the sons of John Mag Mathgama.
Niall Mag Mathgamna was killed by the sons of Seoan Mag Mathgamna.
Niall Mac Mathghamhna was slain by the sons of John Mac Mathghamhna.
Niall Mac Mahon was slain by the sons of John Mac Mahon.
Maghnus (son of Eachaidh) Mag Mathgamna, king of Oirghialla, died (in the
Magnus Mag Mathgamna, king of Oriel, died.
Maghnus Mac Mathghamhna, King of Oirghiall, mortuus est.
Manus Mac Mahon, Lord of Oriel; Loughlin, son of Murtough; and Farrell
Muimhneach O'Duigennan, Ollav of Conmaicne and Clann-Mulrony, Lower and
Domnall, son of Tadhg Ua Mathgamna, died.
Murchadh Mac Mathgamna junior, who was to be king of Corco-Baiscinn, was
killed by the Sil-Briain.
Murchad Oc Mag Mathgamna, a possible king of Corca Baiscinn, was killed by the Sil mBriain.
Murchadh Og Mac Mathghamhna, royal heir of Corca-Bhaiscinn, was killed by
Murrough Oge Mac Mahon, heir apparent to the lordship of Corco-Vaskin. was
slain by the O'Briens.
Dubog, daughter of Aedh Mag Uidhir, wife of Cu-Connacht, son of Philip Mag
Mathgamna, died this year.
Cormac Ballach O'Melaghlin, King of Meath; Donough O'Loughlin, Lord of
Corcomroe; Cathal and Murtough, two sons of Hugh, son of Owen O'Conor;
Dublióg, daughter of Hugh Maguire, and wife of Cuconnaught, son of Philip
Mac Mahon; Thomas Mac Tiernan, Chief of Teallach-Dunchadha Tullyhunco in
the county of Cavan; Nicholas O'Finnaghty, and Tuathal O'Malley, all died.
Philip, son of Ralph Mor Mag Mathgamna, king of Oirgialla, died.
Brian, son of Aedh Mag Mathgamna, took the kingship of Oirghialla and
marriage-alliance and friendship were contracted by him with Somairle, son
of John Mac Domnaill the Black, [namely,] with the Constable of the Fifth of Ulster, so
that he forced him to abandon the daughter of Ua Raighillaigh and gave his
own daughter to him. Shortly after that, he [Brian] brought him to himself
into his own house to drink wine. And when that person expected to obtain
the wine, the bidding he got was that Brian himself wound his two hands
about him and he was seized rudely, contumeliously and carried out-and the
few of his people [that were] in his company-so that his feet and hands
were made fast and tied together and he was put into a lake. And tidings of
him are not known from that out. Bands were despatched throughout the
country and wherever his people were found, they were slain and plundered.
Woe the world and land and water wherein was submerged the noble, well-born
offspring, to wit, one who was to be king of Insi-Gall [Hebridesl, namely,
the son of John the Black, son of Alexander. As [the poet] said: Stanza:
1. This [is] the lake wherein was put an innocent one,
Somuirle of the sharp-pointed spears,
Mid merriment and noise and laughter,
For it is wine 'neath which he was submerged.
Not an evil without retribution [even] for a very short time was that evil.
For Domnall, son of Aedh Ua Neill and Toirdelbach Ua Neill mustered and
gave large donatives and brotherhood and peace to the clan of Aedh Ua Neill
the Tawny, namely, to Brian, son of Henry Ua Neill, together with his
kinsmen. And there came likewise into that muster Niall, son of Murchadh,
son of Murchadh Mor Mag Mathgamna; brother of the mother
of Mac Domnaill and half-king of Oirgialla was this person. And there came
what was in the Fifth of Ulster of the Clann-Domnaill, under Toirdelbach
Mor Mac Domnaill and under his son, [namely,] under Alexander and under the
son of Somairle himself, that is, under John junior and they betook
themselves to attack Rath-tulach, that is, the fortress of Mag Mathgamna.
And word came before them and they [the garrison] abandoned the place and
defeat with loss of moveables was inflicted on them and they were not
desisted from in pursuit until they reached Loch-Eirne, so that their
chattel and their cattle were simultaneously seized completely by the
Fir-Manach and by the [allied] host. Thus Brian Mag Mathgamna was expelled
from out the country into the protection of Muinter-Mailmordha and his wife
and his daughter were captured.
Eocbaidh, son of Toirdelbach Mag Mathgamna, was killed.
Brian son of Aed Mag Mathgamna assumed the kingship of Oriel and made gossipry with Somairle son of Eoan Dub Mac Domnaill, high-constable of Ulster, whom he caused to put away O Raigillig's daughter and take his own daughter to wife. Shortly after this he brought him to his house on the pretence of giving him a wine-party; but the party which Mac Domnaill got from his father-in-law was to be captured and bound and put into a lake for concealment. Brian was himself banished on account of this deed.
Brian, son of Aedh Mac Mathghamhna, assumed the sovereignty of Oirghiall,
and contracted a marriage alliance with Somhairle, son of John Dubh Mac
Domhnaill, high constable of the province of Uladh, who induced him to put
away O'Raighilligh's daughter, and wed his own daughter. And it was not
long after that until he Brian invited him to a feast, to drink wine as it
were; and the feast which his son-in-law then gave him was, to apprehend
him, and bind him, and put him in a lake to conceal him. Brian himself was
banished through this deed.
Brian, the son of Hugh Mac Mahon, assumed the lordship of Oriel. He sued
for an alliance by marriage with Sorley, son of Owen Duv Mac Donnell, heir
to the lordship of the Insi-Gall, and High Constable of the province of
Ulster; and he induced him to put away O'Reilly's daughter, and espouse his
own. Not long after this Mac Mahon invited him Mac Donnell to a feast. and
they continued drinking for some time. Anon a dispute arose between them;
whereupon Brian threw his arms about him Sorley, and ordered that he should
be fast and strongly fettered, and cast into a neighbouring lake: and this
being accordingly done he was at once drowned. Upon this Donnell. son of
Hugh O'Neill, and his brother, Brian, son of Henry O'Neill, with the chief
of Clannaboy, and Turlough More Mac Donnell, with all of his tribe in
Ulster, assembled together, and, with one accord, marched into Oriel as far
as the confines of Rath-Tulach, the mansion-seat of Mac Mahon. Intelligence
of this having reached Brian, he fled, leaving the town empty and desolate
to them. They, however, pursued Mac Mahon, who, with the chiefs of his
territory, was engaged placing their herds and flocks in the fastnesses of
the country. The men of Oriel were defeated, and deprived of their arms and
cattle. After this Mac Mahon was banished from his own country to
Muintir-Maelmora, and his wife and his daughter were made prisoners.
A great hosting was made by Niall Ua Neill, [namely], by the king of Ulster
and one worthy to be arch-king of Ireland, into Oirghialla and the nobles
of all the Fifth rose out with him for a leaguer on Brian Mac Mathgamna.
And a fortified position was taken up in the midst of the territory by Ua
Neill. And large donatives were proffered from Brian Mag Mathgamna to Ua
Neill: to wit, half of Oirghialla to be given to Niall, son of Murchadh,
[namely] to the king that was before that in the country and large
donatives in payment [of the death] of Mac Domnaill from him likewise. Ua
Neill indeed consented to that. But a compact was made by the son of
Murchadh Mag Mathgamna (namely, Niall), and by Alexander Mac Domnaill, [that is] by the lord of the gallowglasses and they went, without leave from Ua Neill, three equal, manageable battalions, to attack Mag Mathgamna. And a camp-attack was delivered by them on him and Mag Mathgamna rose out with the whole of his forces and his noble muster against them. And victory was gained from the [attacking] host by them and
the son of Murchadh Mag Mathgamna (namely, Niall), heir of Oirgialla, was
slain there and Alexander junior, son of Toirdelbach Mac Domnaill,
Constable of the gallowglasses and heir of the Clann-Domnaill, was slain
there and Eogan junior, son of Toirdelbach, son of Mail-Sechlainn Ua
Domnaill was slain there along with many others.
Niall O Neill, king of Ulster, led a huge army into Oriel to attack Brian Mag Mathgamna and encamped in the middle of the country. Brian offered him great concessions, viz. to give half Oriel to Niall son of Murchad son of Brian of the Mass-chalices, the king who had held office before himself, and further large gifts [to be made] to O Neill in compensation for[the death of] Mac Domnaill, and O Neill agreed to these
terms. But the son of Murchad Mag Mathgamna and Alaxandar Oc Mac Domnaill, the lord of the gallowglasses, resolved on a different course; they proceeded together, without asking O Neill's sanction or consulting him, with three large active battalions to attack Mag Mathgamna and fell upon him in his camp; but he, with such followers as he had with him, rose up to meet that army and routed it. The son of Murchad Mag Mathgamna, heir to [the kingship of] Oriel, and Alaxandar Oc son of Toirrdelbach Mac Domnaill, constable of the gallowglasses and heir of the Clann Domnaill, and Eogan son of Toirrdelbach son of Maelsechlainn O Domnaill were all killed there, with many others gentle and simple.
A prodigious hosting by Niall O'Neill, king of Uladh, into Oirghiall, to
attack Brian Mac Mathghamhna; and he pitched his camp in the centre of the
territory; and Brian Mac Mathghamhna offered him large terms, viz., to give
the half of Oirghiall to Niall, the son of Murchadh, son of
Brian-na-cailigh-oifrinn, i.e. the king who was before him over the
territory, and other large conditions to O'Neill as an eric for the death
of Mac Domhnaill. And O'Neill accepted these. But another resolution was
adopted by the son of Murchadh Mac Mathghamhna, and by Alexander Og Mac
Domhnaill, lord of the gallowglasses, both of whom marched, without the
permission or consent of O'Neill, with a force of three united great
battalions, against Mac Mathghamhna, and attacked his fortress; and Mac
Mathghamhna opposed them with all the force he had, and defeated this army;
and the son of Murchadh Mac Mathghamhna, heir of Oirghiall, was slain
there; and Alexander Og, the son of Toirdhelbhach Mac Domhnail, constable
of the gallowglasses and heir of the Clann-Domhnaill, was slain; and Eoghan
son of Toirdhelbhach, son of Maelechlainn O'Domhnaill, was slain there, et
alii multi nobiles et ignobiles.
A great army was led by Niall O'Neill, King of the Kinel-Owen, who was
joined by the chieftains of the entire province of Ulster, into Oriel, to
attack Brian Mac Mahon; and they pitched a camp in the very centre of the
territory. Mac Mahon offered him great terms, namely, to cede one-half of
the territory of Oriel to Niall, the son of Murrough. son of Brian na
g-Coileach n-Oifrinn, i.e. he who had been lord over the territory before
himself; and other great gifts to O'Neill himself, as eric for the death of
Mac Donnell. O'Neill consented to make peace with him on these conditions;
but the son of Murrough Mac Mahon and Alexander Oge Mac Donnell, Lord of
the Gallowglasses, without O'Neill's permission, marched, with one accord,
with three battalions of kerns against Mac Mahon, and made an assault upon
his fortress; but Mac Mahon and his household, being upon their guard,
armed and accoutred within their fortress, they responded without delay to
the attack; and a fierce and furious conflict ensued, in which they the
assailants were defeated by Mac Mahon. The son of Murrough Mac Mahon,
Tanist of Oriel; Alexander, the son of Turlough Mac Donnell, Constable of
the Gallowglasses; and Owen, the son of Turlough, son of Melaghlin
O'Donnell, together with a great number of others, were slain on that
Defeat was inflicted on Maghnus Ua Raighillaigh (namely, the Defeat of the
Strand, at the Island of the Trinity), twenty nights before Lammas, by the
sons of the kings and by Mag Mathgamna and by Mac Caba. And many of the
people of Ua Raighillaigh were slain there, under three sons of Cormac Ua
Ferghail, namely, Jenkin and Mael-Sechlainn and Ferghus. And Feidhlimidh,
son of Aedh Ua Conchobuir of the Quill, a son of a king without lack of
nobleness or generosity, was slain there. And Donn Mac [C]anrubha, the
unique youth of the Fifth of Connacht in joyance and in brilliant prowess
and in noble hospitality, was slain there likewise. And Sitric
Mac-in-Maighistir of the nose, a man that kept a general guest-house, was
slain there. And many others [were slain there].
Pilip O Raigillig was captured by his own kinsmen and shut up in Loch Oughter Castle, and the kingship was assumed by Magnus O Raigillig in his stead. Great war arose in Brefne on account of this capture; Annad O Raigillig, the son of Risderd, assembled a large army, which included Mag Mathgamna and most of the Oirgialla, to demand the person of Pilip O Raigillig from Magnus. He was heavily defeated by Mag Mathgamna and the Clann Capa at Blencup, where fell three sons of Cormac O Fergail, namely Seoinin,
Maelsechnaill and Fergus, and Fedlim son of Aed of the Quill O Conchobair and two sons of Flaithbertach Mor Mac Con Ruba, namely Domnall and Brian, and Sitrecc of the Nose Mac an Maigistir.
Philip O'Raighilligh was taken prisoner by his own brethren, and put into
Cloch-Locha-Uachtair; and the sovereignty was assumed in his place, by
Maghnus O'Raighilligh. And a very great war occurred in the Breifne through
this capture; and a great army was assembled by Annadh O'Raighilligh, i.e.
the son of Richard, (viz., Mac Mathghamhna, and the rest of the
Airghialla), to rescue Philip O'Raighilligh from Maghnus. And a great
defeat was inflicted on Maghnus, at Blencupa, by Mac Mathghamhna and the
Clann-Caba, in which were slain the three sons of Cormac O'Ferghail, viz.,
Seonin, Maelechlainn, and Fergus; and Fedhlimidh, son of Aedh-an-chleitín
O'Conchobhair; and the two sons of Flaithbhertach Mor Mac Conrubha, viz.,
Donn and Brian; and Sitric-na-srona Mac-in-Maighistir.
Philip O'Reilly was taken prisoner by his kinsmen, and was placed by them
in the castle of Clough-Lough Oughter, severely bound and fettered. Manus
O'Reilly then assumed the lordship. In consequence of this capture, war and
disturbance broke out in Breifny. A great army was mustered by Annadh, the
son of Richard O'Reilly, who was joined by Mac Mahon and all the other
chiefs of Oriel, to rescue Philip O'Reilly from Manus by force. Manus and
his kinsmen however, came, together with their entire forces, to contest
the chieftainship of the country for themselves. A battle was fought
between them at Blen-cupa, where Manus was defeated. In this conflict were
slain the three sons of Cormac O'Farrell, viz. Johnin, Melaghlin, and
Fergus; Felim, son of Hugh an Chleitigh O'Conor; the two sons of Flaithim
More Mac Conruva, namely, Donn and Brian ; Sitric na Srona Mac Master, and
a number of others.
Mael-Sechlainn Mag Mathgamna, one fit to be king of Oirgialla, died.
Melaghlin Mac Mahon, heir to the lordship of Oriel; Brian, the son of
Murtough O'Conor; John, the son of Edward Mac Hubert; Donough O'Beirne,
Chief of Tir-Briuin; Randal O'Hanly; Cormac O'Hanly; also John Mac Egan,
and Gilbert O'Bardan, two accomplished young harpers of Conmaicne, died.
Niall utterly routed Brian Mag Mathgamna, many being drowned and destroyed.
Domhnall O'Neill gave lordship and hostages to Niall O'Neill. Niall gave an
overthrow to Brian Mac Mathghamhna, when a great many were drowned and
A hurtful attack was made by the sons of Aedh Mac Cathmail and the royal
chief of Cenel-Feradhaigh, namely, Gilla-Patraig Mac Cathmail and his good
son, Cu-Uladh junior and his wife, the daughter of Maghnus Mag Mathgamna,
were killed by them in treachery. Murchadh, his brother, [succeeded] in his
place after him.
The sons of Aed Mac Cathmail killed Gilla Patraic Mac Cathmail, king-chieftain of Cenel Feradaig, and Cu Ulad his son and his wife, the daughter of Magnus Mag Mathgamna, in treacherous wise. Murchad his brother succeeded to his place.
The sons of Aedh Mac Cathmhail killed Gilla-Patraic Mac Cathmhail,
king-chieftain of Cenel-Feradhaigh, per dolum, and Cu-Uladh Mac Cathmhail,
and his son, and his wife, i.e. the danghter of Maghnus Mac Mathghamhna.
His brother Murchadh was appointed afterwards in his place.
Gillapatrick Mac Cawell, Chief of Kinel-Farry; Cu-uladh, his son, and his
wife, the daughter of Manus Mac Mahon, were treacherously slain by the sons
of Hugh Mac Cawell. Murrough, his Gillapatrick's brother then became
Chieftain of Kinel-Farry.
Crushing defeat was inflicted by Niall O'Neill, [namely,] by the king of
the Fifth of Ulster, on Brian Mag Mathgamna, [that is,] on the king of
Oirgialla and many of the people of Mag Mathgamna were drowned and [many]
slain thereby. Mac Gilli-Cua, a sage without defect, was drowned thereby.
Niall O'Neill, Lord of Kinel-Owen, routed Brian Mac Mahon, Lord of Oriel;
and very great numbers of Mac Mahon's people were cut off by slaying and
Brian Mor Mac Mathgamna, arch-king of Oirgialla, the hand that most slew of
the Foreigners and of the Gaidhil of Ireland in his own time [was] that man
and he went against the Foreigners and a gallowglass of his own people fell
upon him treacherously in a solitary place and he was slain by him and [the
assassin] himself escaped thereafter.
Brian Mor Mag Mathgamna, high-king of Oriel, the man who killed the most Galls and Gaels in his time in Ireland, fell at the hands of one of his own gallowglasses in treachery this year.
Brian Mor Mac Mathghamhna, chief king of Orghiall, the man who slew most of
Foreigners and Gaeidhel in his own time in Erinn, fell by a gallowglass of
his own people, in treachery, in hoc anno.
Brian More Mac Mahon, Lord of Oriel, marched to give battle to the English;
but he was privily and treacherously slain by a gallowglass of his own
people, who thereupon fled from the army.
Cu-Uladh Mag Mathgamna, royal heir of Oirgialla, died from [the bursting
of] a vein.
Cu Ulad Mag Mathgamna died of blood-letting.
Cu-Uladh Mac Mathghamhna died of the opening of a vein.
Cu-uladh Mac Mahon, Tanist of Oriel, died in consequence of venesection.
(This is the kalend [year] on which truly comes the killing of Brian Mor
Mag Mathgamna and he was buried in the Monastery of Lughbhaidh on the 3rd
of the Nones [3rd] of June, namely, A.D. 1371.)
An army was led by Niall O'Neill into Oriel, and there committed great
depredations. The people of Oriel pursued him, and broke through the rear
of O'Neill's army, and deprived them of some of the spoils. Donough, son of
Manus Mac Mahon, was slain in that conflict.
Murrough, son of Brian O'Kennedy; Donough an-Chuil Mac Mahon, Lord of
Corco-Baiscin; Owen, the son of Donough, son of Rory O'Kelly; and
Lundrasach Loundres of Baile-Atha-buidhe, died.
Ben Mide, daughter of Mag Mathgamna and wife of O Neill Mor, rested.
Benmidhe, daughter of Mac Mathghamhna, wife of O'Neill, quievit.
Art, the son of Art More O'Melaghlin; Dervorgilla, the daughter of Cathal
Oge, and wife of O'Conor Roe; and Beanmidhe, daughter of Mac Mahon, and
wife of O'Neill, died.
A great hosting by Niall Ua Neill into Oirghialla and great
forays were made by them. And rout was inflicted on the rear of the host
and Donnchadh, son of Maghnus Mag Mathgamna, was killed there.
Hugh Mac Mahon recovered his sight by fasting in honour of the Holy Cross
of Raphoe, and of the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Ath-Trim.
Hugh Mac Mahon died, after the loss of his eyes.
Pilip son of Brian Mor Mag Mathgamna, high-king of Oriel, died and made a good end, and Ardgal son of Brian succeeded to his place.
Philip, son of Brian Mór Mac Mathghamhna, high king of Oirghiall, died in
bono fine; and Ardghal, son of Brian, was appointed in his place afterwards.
Mac Mathghamhna, king of Oirghialla, died, and Ardghal Mac Mathghamhna
Philip, the son of Brian More Mac Mahon, Lord of Oriel, died; and Ardgal,
another son of Brian, assumed the lordship after him.
War broke out between Mag Carthaig and O Suillebain Buide and the sons of Diarmait Mag Carthaig. Toirrdelbach the Stout Mac Mathgamna was Mag Carthaig's sea-captain at that time, and he came up with O Suillebain at sea, and with the sons of Diarmait as well; O Suillebain was drowned and he captured Donnchad son of Diarmait and Domnall son of Eogan [Mac Carthaig].
A war arose between Mac Carthaigh and O'Suillebhain Buidhe, and the sons of
Diarmaid Mac Carthaigh; and Mac Carthaigh's naval officer at that time was
Toirdhelbhach Meith Mac Mathghamhna, who came up at sea with O'Suillebhain,
and the sons of Diarmaid, together; and O'Suillebhain was drowned; and Donnchadh, son of Diarmaid, and Domhnall son of Eoghan, were furthermore captured by him.
A war broke out between Mac Carthy and O'Sullivan Boy. Turlough Meith Mac
Mahon, who was at this time Mac Carthy's chief maritime officer, came up at
sea with O'Sullivan and the sons of Dermot Mac Carthy, who were aiding
O'Sullivan against Mac Carthy; and he drowned O'Sulllivan, and made a
prisoner of Donnell, the son of Dermot Mac Carthy, on this occasion.
Domnall O Neill, king of Ulster, was outrageously captured by Brian Mag Mathgamna.
Domhnall O'Neill, king of the province of Uladh, was taken prisoner, in an
unbecoming manner, by Brian Mac Mathghamhna.
Donnell O'Neill, Lord of Tyrone, a man who had the title of King of his
tribe, was taken prisoner by Brian Mac Mahon, as was not becoming, and by
him delivered up, for a reward, to Owen O'Neill; and Owen sent him to
Maguire, to be held in custody.
Cu Chonnacht Ruad son of Pilip son of Brian Mor Mag Mathgamna was killed by the sons of Sean Balb son of Brian Mor Mag Mathgamna in the Spring of this year at Lurgan.
Cuchonnacht Ruadh, son of Philip, son of Brian Mor Mac Mathghamhna, was
killed by the sons of John Balbh, son of Brian Mor Mac Mathghamhna, in
Lurgan of Feirmhagh, in the spring of this year.
Eochaid Mag Mathgamna, eligible prince of Oriel, was captured by Brian Mag Mathgamna.
Eochy Mac Mahon, Tanist of Oriel, was taken prisoner by Brian Mac Mahon and
Ardgal son of Brian Mor Mag Mathgamna, king of Oriel, died at the end of the first month of spring.
Mac Mathuna, i.e. Ardghal, son of Brian Mor Mac Mathuna died; and his son,
i.e. Brian, was made king over the Oirghialla in his place.
Ardgal, the son of Brian More Mac Mahon, Lord of Oriel, died.
Domnall O Neill, king of Ulster, was banished by Eogan O Neill and the Cenel Conaill and Brian Mag Mathgamna king of Oriel and the Fir Manach.
A great war arose between O'Neill (Donnell, the son of Henry Aimhreidh) and
Owen, the son of Niall Oge, Roydamna of Tyrone. Owen repaired to O'Donnell
(Turlough), and formed a league of friendship with him; and they mustered a
very great army to march into Tyrone. Brian Mac Mahon, Lord of Oriel, and
Thomas Maguire, Lord of Fermanagh, came to join this army; and when they
had come to one place, to meet Turlough O'Donnell, they all marched into
Tyrone, totally plundered the country, and expelled O'Neill from Tyrone
with disgrace, and drove him over across the Bann, to the English; and
Mac-I-Neill Boy committed depredations upon him in the Glynns.
Domnall O Neill, king of Ulster, Niall Garb O Domnaill king of Cenel Conaill, and Brian Mag Mathgamna, king of Oriel, marched with an immense following into Meath, burning Machaire Oirgiall and ruining a large part of Louth.
Brian Mag Mathgamna, king of Oriel, died in his own house after Unction and repentance. And the children whereof this man was one-the children, that is, of Ardgar Mor Mag Mathgamna-were fragrant trees and mighty oaks of bounty, for they distributed horses and treasure and money to every suppliant. May the blessing of almighty God go with them to Heaven!
Niall Garv, the son of Turlough, son of Niall Garv O'Donnell, went into
Fermanagh, subjugated Maguire, Mac Mahon, and Magennis, and brought them
with him to O'Kane, who also submitted to him. From thence they proceeded,
attended by the sons of O'Kane, to Mac-I-Neill Boy, and completely
plundered the Glynns of Antrim and Mac Eoin Bisset, and burned the country;
and they proceeded into Clannaboy and Moylinny, the spoils of which
territories they carried off to Carrickfergus, and afterwards returned home
The same Niall O'Donnell assembled together all the chiefs of the province,
namely, O'Neill, and the sons of Henry O'Neill; Owen O'Neill, with his sons
and kinsmen; the sons of Cu-Uladh Roe O'Neill; the people of Fermanagh and
Oriel, under the conduct of Mac Mahon and Maguire; Magennis, O'Hanlon, and
Mac-I-Neill Boy, with his forces; the O'Kanes and the Kinel-Connell
themselves, with their gallowglasses, and also the English of the province;
and they all set out upon an expedition into Connaught. They were drawn
upon this expedition by the sons of Cormac Mac Donough, and the sons of
Mulrony Mac Donough, who had been banished from their country by their
paternal uncle, Mac Donough, by Conor Mac Donough and his sons, and by
Cormac Oge Mac Donough. For Mac Donough had erected a castle in the territory of the
sons of Mulrony Mac Donough, that is, at Caiseal Locha-Deargain, and had
entirely destroyed their crops and fields, and afterwards banished them to
Mac William Burke; wherefore, they drew this great army to devastate Lower
i.e. North Connaught.
Many Saxons came to Ireland with the Earl of Ormond, in consequence whereof
the English of Ireland acquired great strength. Great depredations were
committed by the Earl, by his Saxons, and the Galls of Meath in Machaire
Arda Macha, and Machaire Mucnamha. Another excursion was made by them
against Magennis, and they demolished his castle of Loch Bricrenn; and
killed the Constable of his Gallowglasses, and almost the whole of the ward
in the castle. War and great disturbance were kindled in Ulster on this
occasion by the English. The greater part of nobles of the province, both
lords, dynasts, and toparchs, with O'Neill, O'Donnell (Niall), and Owen
O'Neill at their head assembled their forces to oppose the English. Some of
the nobles of the province, however, went over to the English in this war,
namely, Mac-I-Neill Boy, O'Hanlon, and Manus Mac Mahon. Magennis was
banished from his territory by Mac-I-Neill Boy, and the English and he went
over to the Irish of the province.
Turlough Mac Mahon Bodhar, Lord of Corca-Baiscinn, was killed and burned,
at an advanced age, in a nocturnal assault, by his own kinsmen.
Catherine, daughter of Ardgal Mac Mahon, and wife of O'Neill (Owen, son of
Niall Oge), died.
Great depredations were committed upon the English, and many of their
people were slain, by Manus Mac Mahon.
A large body of English cavalry set out to plunder the territory of the
Clann- Kee O'Reilly. On the same day Manus, the son of Ardgal Mac Mahon,
set out to plunder the English districts, and on obtaining intelligence of
the proceedings of the English, he expeditiously pursued them, and found
them engaged in guarding their prey; whereupon he attacked them, deprived
them of their spoils, took some of their chiefs prisoners, and slew others,
and returned home victoriously.
Great and frequent depredations were committed by Manus Mac Mahon upon the
English, many of whom he slew; and he placed their heads upon the stakes of
the garden of Baile na Lurgan, Mac Mahon's own mansion-seat, hideous and
horrible spectacles to the beholders.
Mac Mahon (Brian, the son of Ardgal) turned out against O'Neill and his own
kinsmen, Rury and Manus, and took with him his creaghts over to the
The English mustered an army, and marched with Mac Mahon into Oriel, where
they burned Dartry-Coininse in the county of Monaghan. From thence they
passed to Machaire Ardamacha, and having carried away all the provisions
which they found in the churches, they burned them on the Green of the
town. They obtained great gifts from the clergy and students of the town,
as considerations for refraining from burning their churches. The English
and Mac Mahon then returned to their homes.
A great war broke out between Mac Mahon and Manus Mac Mahon. Manus went
over to O'Neill and his sons, and Mac Mahon went over to the English.
Brian, son of Ardghal Mac Mathghamhna, king of Oirghiall, died.
Brian, the son of Ardgal Mac Mahon, Lord of Oriel, died, after a good life.
Magnus son of Ardgar Mor Mag Mathgamna, the very best son of a sub-king, for bounty and bravery, of his own province and in his own time, died. May God's blessing go with him to Heaven!
Maghnus, son of Ardghal Mac Mathghamhna, died.
Manus Mac Mahon, heir to the lordship of Oriel, for his hospitality and
Emher Mac Mathghamhna was killed by O'Neill, i.e. Eoghan.
Ever Mac Mahon was slain by O'Neill, i.e. Owen, son of Niall Oge.
After the death of Hugh, a great army was led by Owen, son of Niall Oge
(i.e. the O'Neill); and the greater number of the chieftains of Ulster,
O'Don- nell excepted, marched with a numerous army to plunder and destroy
the Clann- Hugh-Boy. Murtough Roe O'Neill, Henry O'Neill, Mac Quillin, and
all their auxiliaries, assembled to oppose this army in the territory of
Duibhthrian Duf- ferin. They cut a passage through the wood, in the
direction which they con- ceived they the enemy would approach them.
O'Neill with his forces ad- vanced to this narrow passage, when the others
charged them, and slew Mac Donnell Galloglagh, who was in the rear of the
army, amongst the baggage. The army became much discouraged at this, so
that they delivered up to the sons of Mac-I-Neill Boy all such hostages as
they chose to select, namely, Hugh, the son of O'Neill, the son of Henry
O'Neill, the son of Mac Mahon, the son of O'Mellan, and fifteen other
hostages besides, on condition of being themselves permitted to return home
through the passage already mentioned. This being agreed to, they took
their way homeward in sorrow and disgrace.
O'Neill encamped against the English, and destroyed a great part of their
possessions; and he received great rewards for making peace with them for
half a year. Before this was concluded, the son of O'Neill, Brian, the son
of Donnell, son of Owen O'Neill, made a predatory incursion into the
English set- tlements, on which Brian himself was killed by one cast of a
stone, Edmond Mac Mahon was taken prisoner, and others of his people were
Manus Mac Mahon, heir to the lordship of Oriel, died, and was interred at
Ever, son of Brian Mac Mahon, heir to the lordship of Oriel, died.
Mac Mathghamhna died this year, i.e. Rughraidhe, the son of Ardghal.
Rory, the son of Ardgal More Mac Mahon, Lord of Oriel, died; and his son,
Hugh Roe, was elected his successor by O'Neill.
An army was led by O'Neill (Owen) into the Feadha, to make war against the
English of Machaire-Oirghiall in the county of Louth, and was joined by
Maguire on that hosting. The son of O'Neill (Owen Oge) and Maguire's peo-
ple then proceeded to Cloch-an-bhodaigh to plunder the English; and they
carried off the prey to their camp. Upon this the English and Mac Mahon's
people, and his kinsmen, pursued them to their camp; and here O'Neill, Ma-
guire, and their people, rose up against them; and a battle ensued between
them, in which Mac Donnell Galloglagh, i.e. Sorley More, and numbers of
others along with him were slain, and others of the forces taken prisoners.
O'Neill returned to his camp that night in great wrath; upon hearing of which, Henry, his
son, came to meet him; and Mac Mahon afterwards came to O'Neill and his
sons, and they made peace with each other; and O'Neill obtained an eric for
the dishonour he had received, and also an eric for the death of Mac
The Earl of Ormond, Lord Justice of Ireland, broke down the castle of Owny
upon O'Mulrian, and took the castle of Leix from the O'Dempsys, who
permitted him to pass to Airem, to rescue the son of Mac Feorais Berming-
ham, who was imprisoned there. He then burned Airem, and from thence
proceeded to Offaly, whereupon O'Conor came into his house, as an assurance
that the son of Mac Feorais should be set at liberty. From thence he
proceeded into Annaly, where O'Farrell came into his house, and promised
him ninescore beeves, as the price of obtaining peace from him. From thence
both proceeded to Magh-Breaghmaine, demolished the castle of Barrcha, and
destroyed the greater part of the corn. From thence they marched to Fore,
and from thence to Magh-Maine, where the O'Reillys came to his house, and
acceded to all his conditions. From thence he marched into Machaire-Oirghiall in the
county of Louth, where Mac Mahon gave him his demands. After this he
marched to meet the Clanna-Neill, and caused Henry O'Neill to put away the
daughter of Mac William Burke, whom he had taken to wife after the death of
her former husband, O'Donnell, and to take back to him again his own law-
fully wedded wife, the daughter of Mac Murrough, and the Earl's own step
sister. And thence he proceeded to Baile-atha-fhirdia-mic-Damain, where he
died, between the two feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary (from the 15th of
August to the 8th of September), having accomplished these journeys in half
a quarter of a year.
Mac Mathghamhna died, i.e. Aedh Ruadh, son of Rughraidhe; and Fedhlim, son of
Brian Mac Mathghamhna, was made king over Oirghiall.
Mac Mahon, Hugh Roe, son of Rory, an affable and pious man, well skilled in
each art, distinguished for his prowess and noble deeds, died in his own
house, at Lurgan, on Easter night, and was interred at Clones; and Felim,
the son of Brian Mac Mahon, was elected to succeed him as Lord over the
The successor of St. Patrick i.e. the Archbishop of Armagh, Maguire, Mac
Mahon, and all the O'Neills, went with Henry, the son of Owen, who was son
of Niall Oge, to Tullyhoge, to inaugurate him; and they called him O'Neill
after the lawful manner.
A war broke out between Maguire and Rury Mac Mahon; and Maguire assembled
the forces of his country to march into Oriel. When the sons of
Mac Mahon had heard of this, they went with their cattle into their
fastnesses, namely, into Eoghanach and Sliabh Mughdhorn. Maguire and Philip
pro- ceeded to Dartry-Coininsi, but not finding any spoils there, they
burned all Dartry, and burned the town of Owen, the son of Rury Mac Mahon,
namely, Lis-na-nGabhar; after which they returned home.
The church of Achadh-beithe, with many valuable books, was burned on the
official, i.e. Niall, son of Magrath Mac Mahon.
Glaisne, son of Conchobhar O'Raighilligh, was slain by the sons of
Rughraidhe Mac Mathghamhna.
Glasny, the son of Conor O'Reilly, was slain by the sons of Rory Mac Mahon.
Donnell, the son of Dermot O'Malley, William O'Malley, and John O'Malley,
went on a maritime expedition, with the sons of O'Brien, to
Corca-Bhaiscinn, against Mac Mahon; but the three were slain before they
could reach their ships; and Donnell O'Brien was taken prisoner, and Mahon
O'Brien, as they were on their way to their ship; and Mahon was drowned
before he could reach his own ship. Their people were slaughtered on this
A shattering defeat was inflicted on some of the Meath Galls and part of the Muinter Raigillig this year by
the Galls of Oriel and the sons of Rudraige Mag Mathgamna.
A monastery for Friars Minor was commenced at Muineachan, while Felim, the
son of Brian, son of Ardgal Mac Mahon, was Lord of Oriel.
The King of Oirghiall died, i.e. Fedhlim, son of Brian Mac Mathghamhna.
Felim, the son of Brian Mac Mahon, Lord of Oriel, died.
A great victory by the Galls over the Airgialla, wherein many were killed and Aed Oc Mag Mathgamna
was taken prisoner.
The English of Meath gained a great victory over Mac Mahon, in a battle in
which many were slain, and Hugh Oge Mac Mahon and Mac Donnell of
Clann-Kelly taken prisoners.
Owen, the son of Rury Mac Mahon, Lord of Oriel, died; and Redmond, the son
of Rury, assumed the lordship after him.
Colla son of Magnus Mag Mathgamna and eleven of his men were killed by the men of Brefne in pursuit
after his own prey.
Colla, the son of Manus Mac Mahon, and eleven of his people, were slain
while in pursuit of a prey which the Breifnians were carrying off from him.
The Earl of Kildare and the English of Meath made an incursion into
Fearnmhagh, and committed great depredations on Mac Mahon. Mac Mahon
afterwards assembled the forces of his country, and committed great
depreda- tions, burnings, and slaughters on the English in revenge of their
Brian, the son of Felim, son of Donn, son of Cuconnaught Maguire, was slain
by the sons of John Boy Mac Mahon, and by the Clann-Donnell of Clan- kelly.
Mac Mahon, i.e. Rury Oge, died, after having gained the victory over the
world and the Devil.
The Galls of Machaire Oirgiall and the sons of Aed Ruad. Mag Mathgamna defeated Remann Mag
Mathgamna, king of Oriel, taking him prisoner and killing many.
A great war broke out between Mac Mahon, i.e. Redmond, the son of Rury, and
the sons of Hugh Roe Mac Mahon. The sons of Hugh Roe migrated by force into
the territory of Fearnmhagh, whither an English army repaired to their
assistance. Mac Mahon went into Eoghanach, but again returned into
Fearnmagh, whereupon the sons of Hugh went over to the English. Mac Mahon
and his forces made an incursion against the English; but the sons of Hugh
Roe and the English of Machaire Oirghiall overtook and defeated him, and
took himself and Brian, the son of Rury Mac Mahon, prisoners; and a great
many others of his people were slain and made prisoners on that occasion.
An incursion was made by O'Neill into Oriel; and the sons of Mac Mahon,
i.e. the sons of Redmond, and Brian, the son of Rury, and all the people of
Oriel from the Eoganach inwards, fled westwards to the plain of Tulach; and
great spoils and booties were carried away by O'Neill from them from the
said plain, and from the borders of Breifne: he then returned home
victorious and triumphant.
An incursion was made by Hugh Oge Mac Mahon and his household, against
Brian, the son of Redmond Mac Mahon. Great depredations were com- mitted by
him, and Brian was taken prisoner as he was following in pursuit of the
Art, the son of Rury Mac Mahon, was slain while following in the rear of a
prey, which he had taken from the Feadha on the lands of Cu-Uladh, the son
of Hugh O'Neill.
A war broke out between the sons of Hugh Roe Mac Mahon and the sons of
Redmond Mac Mahon; and great depredations were committed on the sons of
Redmond, and they were driven into Breifny to O'Reilly.
Niall, son of the Coarb Mac Mahon, died on his way from Rome.
Mag Mathgamna, Remann son of Rudraige son of Ardgal Mor, died at Drogheda in a long captivity.
Mac Mathghamhna, i.e. Redmond, the son of Rudhraidhe, son of Ardghal Mor,
died in Droichet-atha, after long captivity.
Redmond Mac Mahon, Lord of Oriel, died in captivity at Drogheda.
Hugh, Oge, the son of Hugh Roe, son of Rury, son of Ardgal Mac Mahon, was
inaugurated Lord of Oriel.
The town of Cu-Uladh, the son of Hugh O'Neill, was burned by Brian-na-
Coille, the son of Owen O'Neill. The land and town of the same Brian were
burned, in revenge of it, by Cu-Uladh, by the sons of Redmond, son of Rury
Mac Mahon (Glasny and Brian), and by the son of the young Mac Mahon, i.e.
Redmond, the son of Glasny, son of Redmond Mac Mahon, went into the English
settlements of Machaire-Oirghiall, and slew John, son of the Taa; but Con,
son of Manus O'Conolly, the son of Cormac O'Conolly, and the grandson of
Ardgal Mac Mahon, were slain of his people; and upwards of twenty horses
were taken from himself and his people. Cahir, the son of Irial, son of
Philip, and Owen, son of James, son of Eochy More Mac Mahon, were taken
prisoners; but Owen afterwards made his escape.
Brian, the son of Rury, son of Ardgal, son of Mac Mahon, Lord of Dartry,
was slain by the English of Machaire-Oirghiall.
Eight and twenty ballies of the possessions of the English of Machaire-
Oirghiall were burned by Mac Mahon, i.e. Hugh Oge, the son of Hugh, son of
A great depredation was committed by Brian, the son of Edmond, son of Rury
Mac Mahon, upon Edmond, the son of Thomas Oge, and his sons, at Cuil-
na-n-Oirear, and slew Edmond Oge, son of Edmond, at Doire-Cenainn.
Turlough, the son of Teige Mac Mahon, a man full of grace, and of the gift
of wisdom from the Holy Spirit, the bestower of jewels and riches, died
after having gained the victory over the Devil and the world.
Donough Mac Mahon, Lord of Corco-Baiscinn, died; and two Mac Mahons were
set up in his place, namely, his own son, Brian, and Teige Roe, the son of
Turlough Mac Mahon.
O'Neill, i.e. Henry, son of Owen, son of Niall Oge; Mac Gillapatrick, i.e.
Geoffrey, Lord of Ossory; O'Carroll, i.e. John, Lord of Ely; O'Boyle, i.e.
Tur- lough; Manus, the son of Hugh Roe, son of Rury Mac Mahon; and Conor,
the son of Glasny O'Reilly, died.
Colla, the son of Rury, son of Ardgal Mac Mahon, was slain by the de-
scendants of Cu-Uladh, the son of Niall More O'Neill.
Feidlim son of Aed son of Eogan O Neill was killed by Brian son of Remann son of Rudraige Mag
Fedhlim, son of Aedh, son of Eoghan O'Neill, was killed by Brian, son of
Redmond, son of Rudhraidhe Mac Mathghamhna.
Felim, the son of Hugh, son of Owen O'Neill, was slain by Brian, the son of
Rury, son of Edmond Mac Mahon; in revenge of which, Art O'Neill, Felim's
brother, took a prey in Teallach-Gealagain, where he burned and slew many
Sean Buide son of Eogan Mag Mathgamna died.
John Buidhe, son of Eoghan Mac Mathghamhna, died.
Brian, the son of Edmond Mac Donnell, and his sons, were slain by the sons
of Mac Mahon and the sons of John Boy Mac Mahon.
Great depredations were committed by Cathal, son of Turlough O'Reilly, and
by the sons of Mac Mahon (i.e. Redmond), Glasny and Brian, and by Gilla-
Patrick, the son of Hugh Oge Mac Mahon, at the instance of Cathal O'Reilly,
upon O'Reilly, i.e. John, the son of Cathal, son of Owen, and upon all his
Other great depredations were committed by O'Reilly upon the sons of Glasny
O'Reilly; and the son of John Boy Mac Mahon, i.e. Owen, was slain by the
sons of Glasny, in the pursuit of the preys; and Garrett, the son of
Edmond, son of Thomas, son of Felim O'Reilly, was taken prisoner in the
John Boy, the son of Owen, son of Rury, son of Ardgal Mac Mahon, died on
the festival-day of St. Tighernach.
Donnell, the son of Henry, son of Owen, and Gilla-Patrick Mac Cawell, were
taken prisoners; and Mac Cawell (i.e. Edmond) was slain by the sons of
Redmond Mac Mahon, i.e. Glasny and Brian. Many others besides these were
slain and taken prisoners on that occasion. Donnell, however, made his
escape from the castle of Muineachan a week after his capture.
Catherine, the daughter of Hugh Roe Mac Mahon, and wife of O'Reilly, i e.
Turlough, son of John, son of Owen, died
Owen Bearnagh, the son of Mulmurry Mac Sweeny, and a party of his
gallowglasses, were slain by Teige, the son of Con, son of Donnell, son of
Owen O'Neill, and Hugh Roe, the son of Glasny, son of Redmond, who was son
of Rury Mac Mahon; and they were interred at Armagh.
The English were defeated by Mac Mahon (Hugh Oge, the son of Hugh Roe) and
O'Reilly (John, the son of Cathal, son of Owen, son of John), in a battle
in which sixty of the English gentlemen were slain, and many prisoners were
O'Neill (Henry), Magennis (Hugh, the son of Art, son of Hugh), O'Hanlon
(Melaghlin, the son of Felim), and the son of Mac Mahon (Gillapatrick, the
son of Hugh Oge, son of Hugh Roe), marched with an army into Fermanagh, and
burned the entire of Baile-Mic-Ghilla-ruaidh. They went thence to Maguire,
and threatened that, unless they should obtain peace from Maguire, they
would spoil his whole territory as far as Baile-Ui-Fhlannagain. Things did
out, however, thus for them; on the contrary, they were obliged to remain
for two nights to the east of the lake at Druim-ralach, and did not dare to
advance further into Maguire's country ; and some of them were slain.
O'Neill (Henry) at last gave Maguire his own terms of peace on that
Brian, son of Redmond Mag Mathgamna and the sons of Glaisne, son of Redmond
Mag Mathgamna, went on a raid on Mag Mathgamna and on his sons, a week
after Glaisne himself being slain and the prey was carried off by them. And
John, son of Cu-Uladh Mac Mahon, son of the Blind -eye, was slain by them
there and five, or six, horsemen were slain there, around John. And the son
of Toirdelbach, son of Ardgal, namely, John, was slain of the party of the
Glaisne son of Remann son of Rughraidhe Mag Mathgamna was killed by Gilla Patraic son of Aed Oc son
of Aed Ruad in Monaghan Castle.
Glaisne, son of of Redmond, son of Rughraidhe Mac Mathghamhna, was slain by
Gilla-Patraic, the son of Aedh Og, son of Aedh, Ruadh, at the castle of
Glasny, the son of Redmond, son of Rury Mac Mahon, was killed in his own
house at Monaghan, by Gilla-Patrick, the son of Mac Mahon, and his other
brother, Rury. These were the sons of Mac Mahon, i.e. Hugh Oge, the son of
Hugh Roe, son of Rury. Only sixteen sgologes had gone with them by night to
commit this slaughter. Ross, the son of Manus, son of Hugh Roe Mac Mahon,
was taken prisoner in the same house. At the end of a week after the
killing of Glasny, Brian, the son of Redmond Mac Mahon, and the sons of
Glasny, son of Redmond Mac Mahon, went on a predatory excursion against Mac
Mahon (i.e. Hugh Oge) and his sons, and carried off the prey; and several
were slain on both sides. The town of Mac Mahon was afterwards burned by
Brian, the son of Redmond, son of Rory.
Gilla-Patrick, the son of Mac Mahon (Hugh Oge, son of Hugh Roe, son of
Rury), was treacherously slain by O'Hanlon (Melaghlin, the son of Felim)
and his brother Ardgal. His brother Ever was taken prisoner on the same
day. After this murder, Mac Mahon, with his creaghts and the sons of Manus
Mac Mahon, went over to O'Reilly and the English. Brian, the son of
Redmond, and the sons of Glasny, son of Redmond, went with their creaghts
into Fearn- mhagh, upon the lands of Mac Mahon and Gilla-Patrick.
O'Donnell (Hugh Roe, the son of Niall Garv) went into Oriel to assist
Brian, the son of Redmond Mac Mahon, and from thence they both marched into
Breifny-O'Reilly, in pursuit of Mac Mahon; and they burned that part of the
country through which they passed as far as Cavan, and O'Reilly's part of
Cavan itself. On this occasion great depredations, spoliations, and
destructions, were committed, and great booties obtained, by O'Donnell, in
the English settle- ments in Machaire-Oirghiall in the county of Louth, and
on Mac Mahon's adherents on his return back.
Mac Mahon (Hugh Oge, the son of Hugh Roe) died, having been blind for some
time before; and Brian, son of Redmond Mac Mahon, took his place.
Ever and Tuathal, the two sons of Mac Mahon (i.e. Hugh Oge, the son of Hugh
Roe), together with fourteen men of their people, were slain by the people
of Orior. But Manus Reagh and Manus Oge O'Hanlon, and fifty of the people
of Orior, fell by them.
Donnell, the son of Henry, son of Owen O'Neill (who had been called O'Neill
some time before), assembled together his friends and connexions, i.e. the
descendants of Redmond Mac Mahon; and they made an incursion into
Dungannon, and remained for some time around the castle, and a night at
Cros- Caibhdeanaigh. Felim, son of that O'Neill who had been slain, i.e.
Henry Oge, the son of Henry, brought down Niall, son of Art O'Neill, with
all his forces, upon them, on Tuesday morning, and, finding them asleep,
gave them a hostile awaking, and defeated them; and a great number of the
chiefs of the province were slain on that occasion, among whom were Henry,
the son of the aforenamed Donnell; Mac Cawell, i.e. Gilla-Patrick; Felim,
the son of Red- mond Mac Mahon; the two sons of James, son of Eochy More
Melaghlin, the son of Felim Roe, son of Con, son of Con Mac Mahon; together
with a great number of the tribe and servants of trust of the descendants
of Redmond Mac Mahon. Hugh, the son of Mac Mahon, i.e. Brian, the son of
Redmond, was taken prisoner there; and they the Mac Mahons were deprived of
the most part of their horses, and of all their armour. And Felim, who had
drawn these forces down upon O'Neill, was wounded in the head by the cast
of a dart, of which he died a short time after.
Gilchreest, son of John Fin Mac Cabe, was slain in his own house, in a
nocturnal attack, by Hugh, the son of John Boy Mac Mahon, who carried off
the spoil found in his residence.
Rury, the son of Mac Mahon, i.e. of Brian, the son of Redmond, was slain by
the sons of Magennis.
A war broke out among the people of Oriel themselves, i.e. between the
descendants of Hugh Roe and the descendants of Redmond. Mac Mahon (Rossa)
brought his creaghts with him into the Loughty, and drove the descendants
of Redmond from the country to O'Neill. Mac Mahon pursued the descendants
of Redmond, and they came to an engagement with each other at
Ath-an-choileir. Turlough (i.e. son of the Earl's daughter), the son of
Con, son of Henry O'Neill, assisted the descendants of Redmond; and this
Turlough, who was the best son of a lord of the Irish of his time, was
there slain by Mac Mahon, as was Mac Donnell Galloglagh (John, the son of
Colla), with many others.
The son of Maguire, i.e. Thomas, son of Thomas Oge, son of Gilla-Duv, i.e.
the Maguire, was slain on Sliabh Beatha, by the sons of Brian, son of
Redmond Mac Mahon, with a slaughter of his people along with him. The
following are the chieftains who were there slain: Gilla-Isa, son of
Edmond; Thomas, the son of Don, son of Edmond; and Cormac, the son of John,
son of Edmond Maguire; Rory Boy, the son of Edmond Oge Maguire; Edmond and
Manus Eoghanagh, the two sons of Hugh, son of Brian Maguire; Brian and
Donough, the two sons of Teige, son of David, son of Gilla-Boy Mac Manus,
and five of the same tribe, besides numbers of others.
The battle of Slieve Beagh won by Aed son of Remann Mag Mathgamna, wherein Tomas son of Tomas
Oc Mag Uidir was killed and great numbers of his men fell with him.
The victory of Sliabh-Betha by Aedh, son of Redmond Mac Mathghamhna, in
which Thomas Og, the son of Thomas Og Mag Uidhir, was killed, with an
innumerable slaughter about him.
Toirrdelbach son of Conn son of Enri son of Eogan O Neill was killed by Mac Mathgamna, that is Ros son of Magnus.
Toirdhelbhach, the son of Conn, son of Henry, son of Eoghan O'Neill, was
killed by Mac Mathghamhna, i.e. Rossa, the son of Maghnus.
James, son of Rury Mac Mahon, Coarb of Clones, died.
Hugh Oge, son of Hugh Roe O'Donnell, mustered a force, and, being joined by
Maguire, i.e. John, they made an incursion into Dartry-Coninsi, against the
son of John Boy Mac Mahon; and they totally burned his town and the whole
territory. The spoils of the country fled before them. The people of Oriel
from the River Owenagh inwards, the descendants of Felim O'Reilly, and the
descendants of Donough Maguire, came up, and opposed them; but the son of
O'Donnell and Maguire made a brave and triumphant retreat from them all,
and slew some of their pursuers, among whom was Felim, the son of Conor,
son of Felim O'Reilly, with many others, and returned safe to their homes.
Rory Mac Mahon, Vicar of Clones, died.
Art, the son of Carbry, the son of Hugh O'Neill, and his brother, were
slain by the descendants of Redmond Mac Mahon.
A great army was mustered by the Lord Justice, Garrett, the son of Thomas,
Earl of Kildare. He was joined, first, by the chieftains of Leath-Chuinn,
namely, O'Donnell, i.e. Hugh Roe, and his son; then by the principal
chieftains of Kinel-Connell, and a party of the Connacians, namely, O'Conor
Roe, i.e. Hugh, the son of Felim Finn; and Mac Dermot, Lord of Moylurg.
There came also in the same muster all the chiefs of Ulster, except
O'Neill, namely, Art, the son of Hugh O'Neill, Tanist of Kinel-Owen;
Donnell, the son of Magennis; Mac Mahon, and O'Hanlon; also O'Reilly, and
O'Farrell, i.e. the bishop; O'Conor Faly; the O'Kellys; the Clann-William
Burke; and the forces of almost all Leath-Chuinn. These numerous forces
marched, without stopping, till they arrived in Clanrickard. Mac William of
Clanrickard mustered a great army to give them battle, namely, Turlough,
the son of Teige O'Brien, Lord of Thomond, and his kinsmen, with their
forces, the Sil-Aedha; and Mulrony O'Carroll, Lord of Ely, with all clans
and chieftains, joined by the chieftains of Ormond and Ara. Mac William and
O'Brien, with their forces, then came to a brave resolution not to yield
submission or hostages to their enemies, but to come to a battle with them
exactly at Cnoc-Tuagh. A fierce battle was fought between them, such as had
not been known of in latter times. Far away from the combating troops were
heard the violent onset of the martial chiefs, the vehement efforts of the
champions, the charge of the royal heroes, the noise
of the lords, the clamour of the troops when endangered, the shouts and
exultations of the youths, the sound made by the falling of the brave men,
and the triumphing of the nobles over the plebeians. The battle was at
length gained against Mac William, O'Brien, and the chiefs of Leath-Mhogha;
and a great slaughter was made of them; and among the slain was Murrough
Mac-I-Brien-Ara, together with many others of the nobles. And of the nine
battalions which were in solid battle array, there survived only one broken
battalion. A countless number of the Lord Justice's forces were also slain,
though they routed the others before them. It would be impossible to
enumerate or specify all the slain, both horse and foot, in that battle,
for the plain on which they were was impassable, from the vast and
prodigious numbers of mangled bodies stretched in gory litters; of broken
spears, cloven shields, shattered battle-swords, mangled and disfigured
bodies stretched dead, and beardless youths lying hideous, after expiring.
After having gained this victory, the Lord Justice proposed to O'Donnell
that they should go immediately to Galway, and O'Donnell replied as
follows: 'A considerable number,' said he, 'of our forces have been slain
and overpowered, and others of them are scattered away from us, wherefore
it is advisable to remain in this place to-night, in token of victory, and
also to pitch a camp, for our soldiers and attendants will join us on
recognizing our standards and banners.' This was accordingly done, and on
the following day the Lord Justice and O'Donnell proceeded to Galway, the Lord Justice carrying with him, as prisoners, the two sons, and also a daughter, of Mac William. They
remained for some time together in this town, cheerful and elated after the
aforesaid victory. They afterwards went to Athenry, and obtained possession
of the town; whereupon O'Donnell and the other chiefs took their leaves of
the Lord Justice, and went home to their respective houses.
Hugh Roe, the son of Glasny Mac Mahon, was slain by O'Reilly (John, the son
of Cathal) and his sons.
Grainne, the daughter of Maguire (i.e. Edmond), and wife of Philip, the son
of Turlough Maguire, a charitable and truly hospitable woman, and
Catherine, daughter of Cuconnaught, son of Manus Mac Mahon, died.
Joan, daughter of Mac Mahon (i.e. Hugh Roe), died.
The son of Maguire (Teige, the son of Conor, son of Thomas Oge) was slain
by the sons of Donough Maguire and Redmond Oge Mac Mahon.
The son of Mac Mahon, i.e. Redmond Oge, son of Redmond, was slain at
Domhnach-maighe-da-Chlaoine, on St. Patrick's festival, by the son of
Maguire, i.e. Philip, the son of Edmond. This act was perpetrated thus:
Philip went to the town to hear mass, in honour of St. Patrick, and while
they he and his attendants were at mass within the church, Redmond Oge came
around the church with a large party, and set fire to the four corners of
the building. When Maguire heard of this, he said that he would not suffer
the church of St. Patrick to be burned; and, exciting his people to
courage, Philip, with his kinsmen, came out in the name of God and of St.
Patrick. A conflict ensued, in which Redmond was thrown from his horse, and
afterwards slain, together with his foster-brother, the son of Brian Roe
Mac Gillabride; and prisoners were also taken there. And the names of God
and St. Patrick were magnified by this occurrence.
An attack was made on Maguire, i.e. Conor, by the sons of Donough Maguire
(Thomas, Philip, and Felim), and by the sons of John Boy Mac Mahon. Maguire
opposed them, and routed them, and slew Felim, the son of Donough; he also
struck and took prisoner Brian, the son of John Boy Mac Mahon; and also
made a prisoner of Owen, the son of Thomas, son of Art Roe Mac Mahon.
Brian, the son of Philip O'Reilly, was slain by the sons of Redmond, son of
Glasny Mac Mahon, while in pursuit of a prey.
Glasny, the son of Conor, who was son of John O'Reilly, was slain by the
household of Mac Mahon.
Rosa son of Magnus Mac Mathgamna, lord of Oriel, died.
Rossa, the son of Maghnus Mac Mathghamhna, lord of Oirghiall, mortuus est.
Ross, the son of Manus Mac Mahon, Lord of Oriel, and Teige, the son of
Melaghlin O'Kelly, Lord of Hy-Many, died.
Mac Mahon (Teige, the son of Turlough, son of Teige, son of Donough na
An army was led by the Earl of Kildare (Garrett Oge, the son of Garrett)
into Breifny, and committed great havock in that country on that
expedition, i.e. he slew O'Reilly (Hugh, son of Cathal), his brother
Philip, a son of Philip, and Garrett, the son of Edmond, son of Thomas
O'Reilly; in short, fourteen of the gentlemen and principal chieftains of
the O'Reillys, with a great number of their people, were slain. Mac Cabe
(Many, the son of Mahon) was, moreover, taken prisoner.
An army was led by O'Neill (Art) into Oriel; and a part of this army met
MacMahon's people, and slew Art Balbh, the son of MacMahon, a distinguished
captain, and O'Conolly, i.e. Edmond.
The son of Maguire (Brian, the son of Conor, son of Thomas Oge) was slain
by Brian Oge Mac Mahon and the sons of Donough Maguire.
Philip, the son of John Boy Mac Mahon, a man of good spending and
James, the son of Philip, son of James, who was son of Rory Mac Mahon,
Mag Mathgamna died, that is Remann son of Glaisne.
Mac Mathghamhna, i.e. Redmond, son of Glaisne, died.
Mac Mahon died, i.e. Redmond, the son of Glasny, son of Redmond, son of
Rury; and his son, Glasny Oge, was styled the Mac Mahon.
Rugraide son of Aed son of Aed Ruad Mag Mathgamna died this year.
Rughraidhe, son of Aedh Og, son of Aedh Ruadh Mac Mathghamhna, died in hoc
O'Donnell, having arrayed and marshalled, excited and earnestly exhorted
his small army, commanded them to abandon their horses, for they had no
desire to escape from the field of battle unless they should be the
victors. They his forces then advanced until they came up to the sentinels
of O'Neill without being perceived by them. However, the sentinels began to
give notice to their people that their enemies were approaching. The
Kinel-Connell now, fearing that the sentinels would reach O'Neill before
them, rushed onwards with such violence and vehemence that they went out of
array; and they and the sentinels reached the camp together. On thus coming
into collision with one another they raised great shouts aloud, and their
clamour was not feebly responded to by O'Neill's common soldiers, for they
proceeded bravely and protectively to defend their chief and their camp.
Both armies were engaged at striking and killing each other, and mighty men
were subdued, and heroes hacked, on either side; men were hewn down, and
death and evil destiny seized vigorous youths in that place. Scarcely did
any one of them on either side know with whom he should engage in combat,
for they could not discern one another's faces on account of the darkness
of the night, and their close intermixing with each other. At last,
however, O'Neill and his army were defeated, and the camp was left to
O'Donnell. Great indeed was the slaughter made upon O'Neill recte,
O'Neill's forces on that spot, for it was calculated by the people of the
churches in which many of them were interred, and by those of the
neighbours who were near them and recognized the bodies, that upwards of
nine hundred of O'Neill's army fell in that engagement, so that the name
and renown of that victory spread all over Ireland. The most distinguished
men who fell in that engagement were the following: Donnell Oge Mac
Donnell, with a countless number of gallowglasses of the Clann-Donnell Mac
Donnell; Turlough Mac Sheehy, with a great number of his people ; John
Bissett, with the greater part of the Scots who had come with him; Hugh,
the son of Owen, son of William Mac Mahon, with a party of his troops; and
Rory Maguire, and some of his people along with him. There fell there also
many of the Lagenians and of the men of Meath, for there came not a leader
of a band or troop, small or great, in that muster of O'Neill, who did not
complain of the number of his people that were left dead on that field; so
that this battle of Cnoc Buidhbh was one of the most bloody engagements
that had ever occurred between the Kinel-Connell and the Kinel-Owen. The
Kinel-Connel seized upon horses, arms, armour, a store of provisions, strong liquors, and several beautiful and rich articles, both eiscras and goblets, of the forces whom they had
defeated; and though O'Donnell's people were without horses on going into
the engagement, they had many horses from the warriors whom they had cut
off in that slaughter. Some of O'Donnell's forces went to their houses with
their share of the spoils, without his permission, but he sent them a
peremptory order to return to him at once; and after they had collected to
one place at his summons, he marched, with all the speed that might be,
westwards, through the gap of Bearnas Mor, over the Rivers Erne, Drowes,
and Duff, and over the lower part of Carbury, and pitched his camp at
Ceathramha-na-madadh, on the north side of Binn-Golban, because the
Connacian army, of which we have already spoken, had advanced to Sligo, and
were laying siege to that town, in which O'Donnell had placed warders; and
nothing delayed their march to Tirconnell but the taking of the town. When
the two Mac Williams, the two O'Conors, Mac Dermot, the O'Briens,
O'Carroll, and the O'Kennedys, with their forces, heard of O'Donnell's
having encamped in their vicinity, and of that victory which he had gained
over O'Neill, they resolved to dispatch messengers to sue for peace from
him; and they offered to him to leave all the covenants and matters in
dispute between O'Donnell and Mac William to the arbitration of Manus
O'Donnell and O'Carroll. Teige, the son of Turlough O'Brien, with other
chiefs, were sent with these proposals. While the messengers were
delivering their embassy to O'Donnell, the chiefs of the army, together
with all their forces, came to the resolution of raising the siege and
retreating privately; and they acted on this resolution, though it was
strange and wonderful that such an army as was there-so numerous, so
complete, with leaders so noble, and with enmity so intense against the
persons opposed to them-should have retreated in this manner, and should
not have waited until each party had expended its fury, and wreaked its
vengeance on the other. These troops did not halt or wait for the return of
their messengers, or the report of their embassy as to peace and
tranquillity, until they reached the Curlieu mountains, where the lords and
chieftains of the army separated from one another.
Brian, the son of Gilla-Patrick, son of Hugh Oge Mac Mahon; Ardgal, son of
Hugh Oge; and Eochy, son of Hugh Oge. came to the town of Mac Mahon (i.e.
of Glasny, the son of Redmond, son of Glasny Mac Mahon), to confirm and
ratify their peace with him; and there, having made peace, and concluded
their covenants and compacts with him by many oaths and sureties, they left
the town without fear or apprehension; but Brian-na-Moicheirghe Mac Mahon,
and Mac Mahon's household, were sent in pursuit of them, and Brian and
Ardgal, two of the best men, of their years, in their neighbourhood, were
slain by them through treachery and deceit.
Joan, daughter of Mac Mahon (Brian), died.
Donnell, the son of Brien, son of Donnell O'Neill, went upon a predatory
excursion into Machaire-Stefanach Magherastephana, and his people seized on
a prey. The people of the country assembled, and pursued them to
Sliabh-Beatha, where they overtook them; but Donnell turned round on the
pursuers, and defeated them with great slaughter, in which the two sons of
Owen Roe O'Neill were taken prisoners, and three sons of Rory na Leargan;
two sons of Manus Mac Mahon, the son of Henry, son of Brian, and Thomas of
the Rock, the son of Edmond Maguire, were slain.
Con, the son of John Boy Mac Mahon, was slain by Mac Mahon and the sons of
Brian Mac Mahon.
The son of O'Reilly (Brian, the son of Farrell), a great loss in his own
country, was slain by the people of the English Lord Justice, who came to
commit ravages in Clann-Mahon.
Mac Mahon, i.e. Art Mael, the son of Redmond, son of Glasny, was slain in
O'Neill's army by the Scots, from want of being guarded, between two bands,
in the route the territory of Mac Quillin. He who was there slain was the
foremost spear in every battle, and the defender of his portion of the
province against the men of Bregia and of Meath. His brother, Hugh, son of
Brian-na-Moicheirghe, son of Redmond, son of Glasny, was installed in his
Mac Mahon (Hugh, son of Brian-na-Moicheirghe, son of Redmond, son of
Glasny) was slain by the men of Farney.
O'Neill (John, son of Con, who was son of Henry, who was son of Owen)
mustered a very numerous army, to march into Tirconnell against O'Donnell
(Hugh, the son of Manus, son of Hugh Oge, son of Hugh Roe), to plunder and
ravage the country, as he had done some time before, when O'Donnell (Manus)
was not able to govern or defend his principality or country, in
consequence of his own infirmity and ill health, and the strife and
contention of his sons. The place where O'Donnell happened to be with a few
forces at this time, with Hugh Oge, the son of Hugh Roe, and with others of
his relations, was Ard-an-ghaire, on the north side of the estuary which is
called Suileach; and, hearing that O'Neill had arrived with his forces in
the country, he dispatched messengers to summon such of his chieftains as
were in his neighbourhood, and he himself awaited them there at
Ard-an-ghaire; they did not, however, come fully assembled at his summons.
As they were here waiting, they received no notice of any thing, until, at
break of day, they perceived, just within sight, on the other side of
Fearsad-Suilighe, a powerful body of forces rapidly advancing towards them,
in hosts and squadrons ; and they stopped not in their course, without
halting or delaying, until, without halting or delaying, they had crossed
the Fearsad, for the tide was out at the time. When O'Donnell perceived
this, he instantly drew up his little army in order and array, and dispatched a
troop of cavalry, under the command of the son of O'Donnell (Hugh, the son
of Hugh), to engage the van of the enemy, in order that he might bring all
his infantry across the level fields into a secure position, where his
enemies could not encompass or surround them. In the engagement which
followed between O'Donnell's cavalry and the van of the cavalry of O'Neill,
fell, by O'Neill's army, Niall, the son of Donough Cairbreach, son of Hugh
Oge, son of Hugh Roe O'Donnell; Donnell Ultagh, son of the Doctor, Ollav to
O'Donnell in physic; and Magroarty, who had the custody of the Cathach of
St. Columbkille. Some, however, assert that Niall O'Donnell was slain by
his own people. On the side of the Kinel-Owen fell the son of Mac Mahon,
and many others. When the son of O'Donnell (Hugh, the son of Hugh)
perceived the numbers who were opposed to him, and that his lord had
retired to a place of security, he followed him, in order to await the
arrival of relief from his people. Nor was he long in a depressed state of
mind, when he perceived numbers of his faithful people advancing towards
him, and rejoiced was he at their arrival. Thither came, in the first
place, Mac Sweeny-na-dTuath (Murrough Mall, the son of Owen Oge, son of
Owen); the sons of Mac Sweeny Fanad, Turlough Oge and Hugh Boy; and Mac
Sweeny Banagh (Mulmurry, the son of Hugh, son of Niall). And when all had
arrived at one place, they formed no very great force, for they were only
four hundred in number. To these chiefs O'Donnell complained of his
distress and injuries; and he protested to them that he would deem it more
pleasing and becoming to fall and to die in the field, than to endure the
contempt and dishonour with which he himself, his tribe, and his relations,
had been treated by the Kinel-Owen, such as his ancestors had never
suffered or endured before; but more especially the insult and indignity
they had offered him on this occasion, by violently expelling and banishing
him from his fortress. All the chieftains assented to the speech of their
prince, and said that all the remarks and sentiments he had expressed were
true, so that they resolved to attack O'Neill and his army. The resolution
here adopted, of facing the great danger and peril which awaited them, was
bold, daring, obdurate, and irrational; but the love of their protegees and inheritances prevailed in their hearts over the love of body and life, and they marched back with unanimous courage, in a regularly arrayed small body, and in a venomous phalanx,
towards the camp of O'Neill. When O'Neill perceived them moving directly
towards him, he became disturbed in spirit, and he said: 'It is very
wonderful and amazing to me that those people should not find it easier to
make full concessions to us, and submit to our awards, than thus come
forward to us to be immediately slaughtered and destroyed.' While he was
saying these words the troops of the Kinel-Connell rushed vehemently and
boldly upon the army of O'Neill; nor did O'Neill's soldiers refuse to
sustain their onset, for when they the Kinel-Connell had come within sight
of them, they began to accoutre themselves with all possible speed. Fierce
and desperate were the grim and terrible looks that each cast at the other
from their starlike eyes; they raised the battle cry aloud, and their
united shouting, when rushing together, was sufficient to strike with
dismay and turn to flight the feeble and the unwarlike. They proceeded and
continued to strike, mangle, slaughter, and cut down one another for a long
time, so that men were soon laid low, heroes wounded, youths slain, and
robust heroes mangled in the slaughter. But, however, the Kinel-Owen were
at length defeated by dint of slaughtering and fighting, and forced to
abandon the field of battle, and retreat by the same road they had come by,
though it was not easy for them to pass it at this time, for the sea the
tide had flowed into the Fearsad, which they had crossed in the morning, so
that to cross it would have been impracticable, were it not that the
vehemence of the pursuit, the fierceness, bravery, and resoluteness of the
people who were in pursuit of them, to be revenged on them for their
previous insults, enmity, and animosity, compelled them to face it. They
eagerly plunged into the swollen sea, and no one would wait for a brother
or a relation, although it was no escape from danger or peril for them to
have reached the dark, deep ocean estuary which was before them. This was
not an approach to warmth after cold, or to protection after violence, for
a countless number of them was drowned in the deep full tide, though it
would be happy for them all, as they thought, to be permitted to approach it. Great numbers of O'Neill's army were lost here, both by slaying and drowning; the most distinguished of whom were: Brian, the son of Henry, son of John O'Neill, and his brother;
Mac Donnell Galloglagh, constable of O'Neill, with many of the
Clann-Donnell besides; Dubhaltach O'Donnelly, O'Neill's own foster-brother,
and the person most faithful and dear to him in existence, with a great
number of his tribe; also great numbers of Muintir-Coinne and
Muintir-Again. In short, the total number of O'Neill's army that were slain
and drowned in that battle was thirteen hundred; some books however state
that O'Neill's loss in this battle was upwards of three thousand men. As
for O'Neill, he escaped from this battle; but he would rather that he had
not, for his reason and senses became deranged after it. He passed
privately, unperceived by any one of his enemies upwards along the river
side towards its source, until he crossed Ath-thairsi, a ford which is in
the vicinity of Sgairbh-sholais, under the guidance of a party of the
O'Gallaghers, some of O'Donnell's own subjects and people; and he travelled
on by retired and solitary ways until he arrived in Tyrone. There were not
many houses or families, from Cairlinn to the River Finn and to the Foyle,
who had not reason for weeping, and cause for lamentation. Great and
innumerable were the spoils, comprising horses, arms, and armour, that were
left behind to the Kinel-Connell on this occasion. This defeat of Fersad
Swilly was given on the 8th day of May.
Mac Mahon, Lord of East Corca-Bhaiscinn, i.e. Brian Oge, the son of Brian,
son of Turlough, son of Teige, died; and Teige, the son of Murrough, son of
Teige Roe, son of Turlough, son of Teige, took his place.
Tadhg, the son of Murchadh, son of Toirdhelbhach O'Briain, and
Toirdhelbhach, son of Mac Mathghamhna, died at the close of this year; and
there were not in Erinn, in their own time, two youths of greater account
than they in every way.
Hugh Oge, the son of Hugh, son of John Boy Mac Mahon, made a predatory
aggression upon the people of Mac Mahon; and Mac Mahon (Art, son of Brian
na Moicheirghe, son of Redmond, son of Glasny) overtook him; and Hugh was
slain by Mac Mahon and his people. Scarcely was there another of the race
of the Collas who was so great a cause of lamentation on account of his own
wealth; and his name and renown were not to be compared with those of the
man by whom he was slain.
Slaine, the daughter of Turlough, son of Teige, son of Turlough, son of
Brian Chatha-an-Aenaigh, and the wife of Brian, son of Donough Bacagh, son
of Murrough Caech, son of Brian Mac Mahon, died. She was a woman who had
spent her life without blemish until she died, at an advanced age.
The Lord of Louth, i.e. Christopher Plunket, followed Mac Mathguna in
pursuit, who had his prey before him. Mac Mathuna gave them an onset; and
the Lord of Louth, and Mag Aenghusa, i.e. Brian, were killed in that onset,
and five horsemen along with them: and that was a great deed he performed
Thomas, the son of Patrick, son of Oliver Plunkett, Lord of Louth, was
slain by Mac Mahon, namely, Art, son of Brian-na-Moicheirghe, son of
Redmond, son of Glasny.
Upon one occasion a bold and merciless body of the soldiers of Adare,
having been divided into two parties, went forth, one by water, the other
by land, to traverse Kenry and the lands lying along the side of the
Mangue, to seek for fight or booty from some of the plunderers. These two
parties, having met together in the neighbourhood of Baile-Ui Chathlain,
were encountered by David Oge, the son of David of the Lake, son of Thomas,
son of John, son of Thomas, son of Philip, son of the Knight, and his
forces, who charged them, and proceeded to pierce and surround them, so
that he left them but a heap of bloody trunks and mangled carcasses; so
that not many of them escaped without being slaughtered on that spot by
David and his people. When the news of this reached Adare, the captain of
that town assembled the soldiers of Kilmallock, and set out at the head of
a vigorous and merciless body of troops to traverse Kenry, in order to see
whether he could find man or men upon whom to wreak his vengeance for the
slaughter of his people. He arrived at Baile-Ui-Chathlain, one of the
castles of Purcell, who had assisted the Crown from the very commencement
of the war between the English and the Geraldines to that time. The captain
slew one hundred and fifty women and children, and of every sort of persons
that he met with inside and outside of that castle.
The David already named, who had slain the captain's people, was a man
who had gone through much toil and trouble in the war of the Geraldines
with the English. On one occasion he set out with sixteen men in the month
of December from the borders of Kenry, in a small, narrow cot. They rowed
in a north-westerly direction through the Shannon Harbour, and put in at
Inis-Cathaigh, where they stopped for that night. When Turlough, the son of
Teige, son of Murrough, son of Teige Roe, son of Turlough (the son of Mac
Mahon, from East Corca-Bhaiscinn), heard that David had passed by him, he
launched a boat upon the blue-streamed Shannon in the early part of the
night, and entering it with the number of men he had along with him, he
made no delay until he reached Inis-Cathaigh, and landed on the strand of
the fair island. They then went to the house in which David was, and
immediately set fire to it. David, with his people, quickly came out,
unarmed, casting himself on the mercy of the son of Mac Mahon, who
instantly took him and his people prisoners. The son of Mac Mahon returned
on that night to Baile-mhic-Colmain, taking his prisoners with him. On the
following day David's people were hanged on the nearest trees they met; and
the heroic soldier himself was sent to Limerick, where he was immediately
put to death.
Toirdhelbhach Mac-an-aba Mag Uidhir was killed by Mac Mathghamhna.
To this assembly also repaired Mac Mahon (Ross, the son of Art, son of
Brian of the Early Rising, son of Redmond, son of Glasny); O'Kane (Rory,
the son of Manus, son of Donough the Hospitable, son of John, son of
Aibhne; Con, the son of Niall Oge, son of Niall, son of Con, son of Hugh
Boy O'Neill, as representative of the O'Neills of Clannaboy; and Magennis (Hugh, the son
of Donnell Oge, son of Donnell Duv).
A defeat was given to Robert, son of Henry Dubh Dillon, in
Oirghiall-Mic-Mathghamhna, whilst going as sheriff against Mag Uidhir; and
he was taken prisoner himself, and his people were slain; and it was Brian,
son of Aedh Og Mac Mathghamhna, that gave that defeat.
Mac Mathghamhna, i.e., Rossa Buidhe, the son of Art Mael, died; and that
was a great calamity. Brian, son of Aedh Og, was ordained in his place.
Mac Mahon (Rossa, the son of Art, son of Brian of the Early Rising, son of
Redmond, son of Glasny) died; upon which Brian, the son of Hugh Oge, son of
Hugh, son of John Boy, Lord of Dartry-Oriel, and Ever, son of Cu-Uladh,
Lord of Farney, and the brother of the deceased, i.e. Hugh Roe, were
contending with each other about the lordship of the territory.
Brian, the son of Aedh Og Mac Mathghamhna, and Aedh Ruadh, the son of Art
Mael, went to Baile-atha-cliath, to obtain the decision of the Justiciary
and council regarding the lordship of Oirghiall-Mic-Mathghamhna; and those
nobles gave the lordship to Aedh Ruadh, the son of Art Mael; and the
Justiciary sent six companies with Aedh Ruadh, and proclaimed him lord. The
son of Aedh Og went discontented to his own country, to Dartrai; and he
left the district, and carried off his creaghts towards the fastnesses; and
he left his brother Rudhraighe in the wardship of Dartrai. And Captain
Plunket proceeded to his country, thinking that it was unoccupied, and
Rudhraighe rose against them; and he attacked them, and routed them; and
the greater number of Captain Plunket's band were slain. The country was
ruined between them, i.e., between the son of Aedh Og and the son of Art
A day attack was made by Aedh Ruadh, son of Art Mael Mac Mathghamhna, on
Brian, the son of Aedh Og Mac Mathghamhna; and sixteen men of his people
were slain on that field.
Teige-an-Duna, the son of Donough, son of Murtough, son of Donough, son of
Murtough, son of Ballagh, the senior of the Mac Mahons of Tuath-na-Fearna
(i.e. of Corca-Bhaiscinn), and of Sliocht-an-Bhallaigh, died. There lived
not in his neighbourhood in his time so brave a man.
Margaret, the daughter of Donnell, son of Conor, son of Turlough, son of
Teige, son of Turlough, son of Brian Chatha-an-Aenaigh O'Brien, and wife of
Turlough, the son of Brian, son of Donough Mac Mahon, died at
Cill-MicDubhain, and was interred in Inis-Catha; and her sister, Aine, the
wife of Turlough Roe, son of Teige, son of Murrough, son of Teige Roe Mac
The Maguire and the Brian O'Rourke before mentioned confederated during the
summer to war against and plunder the English. Brian, the son of Hugh Oge,
son of Hugh, son of John Boy Mac Mahon, from Dartry-Oriel; the sons of Ever
Mac Cooley, from Farney; and Richard, son of Ulick Burke, i.e. the son of
Deamhon-an-Charrain, were also in insurrection and rebellion against
the English. These people of Oriel made an attack upon a company of
soldiers who were stationed at Monaghan, and slew the greater part of them;
wherefore a proclamation was issued to every town in Ireland, declaring the
aforesaid persons and their confederates to be traitors.
An army was led by Maguire (Hugh, the son of Cuconnaught, son of
Cuconnaught, son of Cuconnaught), and by Mac Mahon (Brian, the son of Hugh
Oge, son of John Boy), into Breifny O'Reilly, and they quickly plundered
and ravaged that country; and they left not a cabin in which two or three
might be sheltered in all Cavan which they did not burn, except the
monastery of Cavan, in which English soldiers were at that time.
Some gentlemen of the Mac Mahons of Oriel, with one hundred soldiers, were
hired by O'Carroll (Calvagh, the son of William Odhar, son of Ferganainm),
in the spring of this year; and at the time that their wages should be
given them, O'Carroll with his people went to them by night and slew them
on their beds, and in their lodging houses. He hanged some of them from the
nearest trees. The party of one village, however, made their escape in
despite of O'Carroll.
On leaving this country, O'Neill passed over the upper part of Slieve Bloom
westwards, and sent forth three parties in one day to ravage Ely, because
of the enmity he bore O'Carroll, Lord of Ely, i.e. Calvagh, the son of
William Odhar, son of Ferganainm, and in revenge of the base murder and
intolerable massacre which he had committed upon the gentlemen of the Mac
Mahons of Oriel, whom he had under his protection and in his service, as we have
related, in the preceding year. The evil destiny deserved by that wicked
deed befel the territory of Ely on this occasion, for all its moveable
possessions, wealth, and riches were carried away, and nothing left in it
but ashes instead of its corn, and embers in place of its mansions. Great
numbers of their men, women, sons, and daughters were left in a dying and
expiring state; and some gentlemen of his own tribe and kindred were left
in opposition to O'Carroll in the territory.
James, the son of Ever, son of Cu-Uladh Cooley Mac Mahon, died on the same
day, and was interred at the aforenamed place.
The Rise of the MacMahons
The McMahon Story