ORIGINS OF THE MORAN CLANS OF CONNACHT
" From: Bernard <bernardmorgan@xxxxxxxxxxx>
" Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 16:13:12 -0700
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Connacht
Ua Murchadhain (Ua Morain) of Conmaicne Rein
Ua Murchadhain of Clan Cremthain of Ui Maine
Ua Murchadhain of Clan Uadach of Siol Muireadhaigh of Ui Briuin
Ui Murchadain of Clan Murchadha of Siol Muireadhaigh of Ui Briuin

 

Ua Murchadhain (Ua Morain) of Conmaicne Rein
(MacFirbis)

The O'Morahan (Ua Murchadhain) family also known as the O'Moran of
Mohill, located in county Leitrim. They were vassals of the O'Farrell
of Annaly.

[The name Moraghan is found in Counties Roscommon and Leitrim.]
"the O'Morains of Mohill, Couty Leitrim lived in the area of
Ballinamore (townland of mor). Some have said they were a branch of
the Muintir Eolais (the people of Eol), but they are instead a
collateral line of earlier origin though they did live in the same
area, the southern half of County Leitrim . This clan is a branch of
the Commacne Rein of the O'Farrell Clan. Some of these Morans moved
into Offaly. Some of them used Morris as a synonym for Moran."

Moran researcher T. Whitey Moran originally identified them as branch
of the Muintir Eolais (the people of Eol); a branch of the Commacne
Rein. However in a later article for 'The Irish Genealogist' he
corrected himself saying that the O'Morans where of Commacne Rein,
however from an earlier branch and not from the O'Farrell.
"The O'Morahan (Ua Murchadhain) family also known as the O'Moran of
Ballinamore have a coat of Arms: Quarterly, 1st and 4th, az. on a
mount ppr. two lions combatant or, supporting a flag staff also ppr.
There from a flag ar., for MORAN; 2nd and 3rd, or, two lions pass. in
in pale sa. on a canton gu. an ancient Irish crown or, a cubit arm in
armour holding a scymitar all ppr. The quarter for Moran is that of
the arms chieftain of Ballina in County Mayo."

The arms were granted in 1856 to 'Patrick O'Rourke Moran of
Balinamore' and the MORAN arms given in the 2nd and 3rd quarter are
those of the Ua Muiren of Cenel Laoghaire of Ui Fiachrach, whose
pedigree differs from that given as for Ua Murchadhain (Ua Morain) of
Conmaicne Rein.


Place names of Leitirm for further investigation:

Doonmorgan in the parish of Drumlease barony of Drumahaire
Murhaun in the parish of Kiltoghert, barony of Leitrim

County Sligo
The is a Morgan family of Cottletown in County Sligo, however they
claim to descend from a Cromwellian soldier from the Morgan of Tredar
family. Who was granted the Cottletown (formerly held by the O'Dowd)
in the Cormwellian settlement and appears as Landowner in the 'Census'
of 1659. I believe some of this family became Catholic and appear in
the Army list of James II in 1689.

The surname O'Marron is common in County Sligo.

Placenames of interest in county Sligo

Barony of Tireragh
· Dunmoran in the parish of Skreen
· Emlymoran in the parish of Castleconor
· Farranmorgan aka Knockmore in parish of Kilmoremoy
· Carrowmoran in the parish Templeboy

Barony of Corann
Kilmorgan aka Killmurran aka Kilmurin aka Kilmoroghoe aka Kilmurrough
in the parish of Kilmorgan aka Killmurran (Cill murchain aka
Morgan'Church aka Cill murchun).

Thus we have here Morgan and its variations Murran or Murin or Moroghoe
or Murrough in English and Murchain or Murchun in Irish.

Kilmorgan holds a feast for St Coleman macMurchu(on), hyhm writer and abbot of Moville, Co Down, (died 731/6).
(note that O'Murchu is used for O'Murrogh or O'Murray.)

[Barony of Carbury is named for Cenel Cairbre who have an Ui
Muireagain family, however I believe this Ua Muireagain may be related
to the Mide cluster of Ua Muireagain origins]

Ua Murchadhain of Clan Cremthain of Ui Maine
(Lecan)
[from his brother Ua Mughroin of Clan Cremthain Ui Maine]

Murchadan mac Sochlachain and Mughron mac Sochlachain are sighted by
the Book of "Tribes and Customes of the Ui Maine" by O'Donovan (his
source was the book of Lecan), as the origin for O'Murchadhain or
O'Moran of Clan Cremthain; as well as a Muntir Murchadhain.

Murchadan, Sochlachain and Mughron are all record in annals as lords
of the Ui Maine.

M865.11 Huppan, son of Cinaedh, heir presumptive of Connaught, was
burned in an ignited house, by Sochlachan, son of Diarmaid.
U867.5 Abán son of Cinaed, heir designate of Connacht, was killed
with fire by Sochlachán son of Diarmait.
M908.5 Sochlachan, son of Diarmaid, lord of Ui-Maine, died in
religion.
U912.5 Sochlachán son of Diarmait, king of Uí Maini, ended his life
in religion.

M904.4 Mughroin, son of Sochlachain, lord of Ui-Maine, died.
CS908 Mu{g}ron mac Sochlain ri h. Maine moritur.
FA909 Mugrón son of Sochlachán, king of Uí Maine, died.
U909.2 Mugrón son of Sochlachán, king of Uí Maini, died.

M936.11 Murchadh, son of Sochlachan, lord of Ui-Maine, died.


[I have only one other reference to a Sochlachain outside of "Tribes
and Customes of the Ui Maine" and that is the O'Solan (O'Sochlachain).
MacLysaght says they where from came from County Mayo, what weknow
was that they were erenaghs of Cong and one of these, Donlevey
O'Sochlachain was a renowned harp maker in the 13th century.]
From "The tribes and customs of Hy-Many, commonly called O'Kelly's
Country : now first published from the Book of Lecan, a manuscript in
the library of the Royal Irish Academy" by O'Donovan:
"Clann Cremthaind
Murchatan, (1) mac Sochlachain, (2) mic Diarmata, mic Fergusa, mic
Murchada, mic Duib-da-Thuath, mic Daimine, mic Daimdairi, mic Ailella,
mic Coirbine, mic Aeda, mic Crimthaind Chaeil, mic Lugdach, mic
Dallain, mic Bresail, mic Maine Moir."

O'Donovan notes:
(1) Murchadan, as more correctly written in H. 2. 7. p. 49, was chief
of Hy-Many, and died, according to the Annals of the Four Masters, in
the year 936. He succeeded his brother Mughron, who died in the year
904. They were the fifteenth in descent from Maine Mor, the common
ancestor of the Hy-Many.
(2) Sochlachan was chief of Hy-Many, and, according to the Annals of
the Four Masters, died a priest (in clericatu) in the year 908,
having, many years before, resigned the government to his son Mughron.

[The Ui Maine believed that they where original from the Collas of
Airgialla in Ulster.]
From Onomasticon Goedelicum (www.ucc.ie:8080/cocoon/doi/locus/C ):
"Cella mor dithrib
Ad. 99, Adr. 386, Au. i. 190; Flann, ab. of, Fm. i. 326, Au. i. 190,
Tig. 736; O'D. thinks it is Kilmore in c. Rosc. nr the Shannon (Ct.
381 says it is p. and d. of Kilmore in Breifne); C. Mór díothraib do
losccad la hOaib Crumhthainn, Au. i. 220, Fm. i. 354; Ui Chrumthainn
were of Crumthann, now Cruffon, in Ui Maine in c. Galw., Im. 73; v
Ui Cremthainn, in Crumhthainn; in Connacht, Ct. 494; Combustio of
C. M. D. ó Uibh gCriomthoinn, Hb. 79; ceithri meic Dimmain, Brecani,
Udnochtad, Curitani, hi omnes i C. M. D. (9th Aug.), Mt. 31; 4 sons
of Dimman, and Breocan, Ciaran et alii, in C. M. Dithruib quies***,
Ll. 361; school of St. Colum cille at C. M. Dithruimhe, Bco. 24 b,
B. lvi. 334, Cs. 395.
crumthand
g. Crumhthaind; Crufon, containing b. Killyan and large part of b.
Ballymoe in Galw.; in Ui Maine, Tp., Ls. i. 82, Fm. iv. 980;
Crumhthonn, al. Cruthonn O'Maine, Cruffon, c. Galw., Ci.
crúthonn o maine
Cruffon; = b. of Killyan and part of b. Ballimoe, Galw., Lc. ii.
350, 410; v. Crumthand.
clan cremthaind
sept of Ui Maine desc. fr. Crimthann Cael, 4th fr. Maine mór, Im. 26.
"
From Irish History in Maps web site 'Uí Maine Connacht Series':
"Cremthann (Crumthann, Cruffon, Criffon)
Cruffon, a district containing the barony of Killian and large part of
the barony of Ballymoe in co. Galway. O'Hart describes the three
chiefs of Crumthan or Cruffan, as O'Cathail (Cahill), O'Mughroin
(Moran), and O'Maolruanaidh (Mulrooney or Rooney). Tribes and Customs
of Hy Maine cites the Ui Chrumthainn were of Crumthann, aka Cruffon,
in Ui Maine. Clann Cremthaind, a sept of Ui Maine, descended from
Crimthann Cael, 4th from Maine mór."

Form "The tribes and customs of Hy-Many, commonly called O'Kelly's
Country : now first published from the Book of Lecan, a manuscript in
the library of the Royal Irish Academy" by O'Donovan in 1843, we find.
"These are the tributaries of the Clann Ceallaigh: the O'Duibhginns,
the O'Geibhennaighs, the Mac Cathails, the Mac Floinns, Muinter
Murchadhan; and the Clann Aedhagain until they became Ollamhs to the
arch-chief."

and ...

"These are the Cinel Rechta, the Cinel Trena, the Cinel Luchta, the
Cinel Fergna, the Cinel Domaingen, the Cinel Geigill. There are three
Orrighs i.e. sub-chiefs over the Race of Crimhthann Cael, viz., two
Orrighs of his own race, and two of the Sil-Muireadhaigh.
These are the three, viz., the O'Mailruanaidhs, the O'Muroins, and the
O'Cathails."

Siol Muireadhaigh families are O'Mailruanaidhs and O'Cathails; plus
the numbers are off, three names v four Orrighs.

The assumption I and it seems others have made is that the above
O'Muroin are descendants of Mugroin mac Sochlachain.

(The alternatives would from the MacMuroins of Clan Indrachtaig mic
Mailiduin of Sil Anmchadha in Muinnter Chobhthaigh given in "The
tribes and customs of Hy-Many, commonly called O'Kelly's Country". Or
Muinntir Mudhroin whose pedigree in identifies them as of Clan Cathail
mac (Siol) Muireadaigh of Roscommon. This pedigree is probable that of
the O'Moran of Athlone and Ballintobber, chiefs for Clan Cathail.

[Side point: I believe that my great-grandfather may have been from
Williamston, County Galway putting him in the epicenter of a number of
Ua Murchadhain families. Stumped on direct ancestors, I did a DNA
study and I have come back as R1b1c7, namely Northwest Modal and so
kindred to Niall of Nine hostages. I am not the only Morgan to do so
and there is a growing number of R1b1c7 Irish Morgans. Unfortunately I
will have to wait on more DNA testing before scientist can sort out
the Morgan (Moran, etc) kin groups.]

Placenames of interest in county Northeast Galway
Glenicmurrin (Gleann Mhac Muirinn) in the parish of Kilcummin, barony
of Moycullen

(Leabhar Ui Maine is online and I plan to research this fuller at a
later point.)


There is a black and white copy of the set of coat of arms of the
O'Morghane of Connacht. It is quartered with what seems to be a
rampant griffin as per the Welsh Morgan of Tredar coat of arms and in
the other quarter three stars like the Ua Murchachain arms of Offaly
with a chevron which could mark it a junior branch of that family.
(You can be seen at http://celticowboy.com/appiiia.htm).

It is found in "The Poolbeg book of Irish Heraldry", where it is
titled O Murchain: "O'Murchan, O'Morghane, O'Moraghan, Morahan,
Morchan, Murchan, Morkan, Morkin, Murkin, Morgan, Morran, Morrin, ...
prinicipal families were O Morghane of Connaught, a sept of Ui Maine;
O Morghane of Offaly rulers of Magh Aoife. The Connaught family shared
in the fall of Ui Maine before the onslaughts of the 15th and 16th
century invaders of Connaught. The motto is "I neither wish for nor
fear the last day".

 


Ua Murchadhain of Clan Uadach of Siol Muireadaigh of Ui Briuin
(Book of Ballymote)

John McLaughlin who runs an impressive web site(s) of historic
material ( http://members.aol.com/lochlan/clanmac.htm ) sent me this
from the book of Ballymote (www.geocities.com/Athens/Aegean/2444/
irish/ ):

219. Murchadhan m. Iruaith m. Cinaeth m. Ubain.
{Ubain being the son of Uadach}
220. O n Murcadan sin dano rocindsed .H. Murchadan.

The O'Beirnes of Clan Uadach in the year 1249 defeated and overthrew
the O'Monaghans of Tir Briuin, lord of the Three Tuathas (who in 866
were chiefs of Ui Briuin na Sionna in the barony of Ballintober). The
O'Monoghan former territory included the Roscommon baronies of
Ballintober North and South Athlone, Roscommon and Bolye bordering on
county Leitrim.

"The Description of Ireland: And the State Thereof as it is at this
Present in Anno 1598" by Edmund Hogan. identifies two families of
interest in O'Connor country in the Barony of Boyle. These are John
Crofton of castle of Castlebragade alias Canvoe and Patrick Morgan of
Ballyneadan.

I take that Crofton could be Cremhthainn; O'Hart does has a pedigree
of Crufton which I have not read and MacLsyaght I believe says that
Crufton came to Ireland as Merchants. However I have also read of Ui
Chremhthain being in the area of North Roscommon and originally coming
from Loch Erne area. Being Loch Erne is in County Fermangh and the
Maguires Lords of the Fer Manch where of Ui Chremhthain of the
Airgialla origin. These Crofton like those of neighboring county
Galway could well be a possible Ui Chremhthainn.
From Onomasticon Goedelicum (www.ucc.ie:8080/cocoon/doi/locus/U ):
"ui chraumthanáin
in Lein., Cs.; v. Ui Cremthannáin. ui creachain; of Ui Eathach
Muaidhe of Ui Fiachrach. ui crechain; of Conmaicne, Fen. 382."


Another important Morgan landowner recorded is: 1612 Patt Morgan the
Younger, heir of Patt Morgan the Elder of Garrynadine in Roscommon
(with George Sexton granted ward ship). Further research needed.
However I have yet to identify Garrynadine.

 


Ui Murchadain of Clan Murchadha of Siol Muireadhaigh of Ui Briuin
(MacFirbis)

"From Irish Historical Studies: Joint Journal of the Irish Historical
Society and the Ulster Society" by Irish Historical Society:
"Ua Braein was one of the family names of the sept of Clann Murchada,
which is mentioned several times in the Irish annals and elsewhere.
Clann Murchada was itself a division of Sil Muiredaig, the collective
name for the kings of Connacht id their kinsmen, with numerous other
stocks. Clann Murchada has some columns allotted to it both in the
Book of Lecan and in the Book of Ballymote. Murchad, ancestor of the
sept, died in the year 764. His father was Indrechtach, king of
Connacht, who died in 723, and his grand- father was Muiredach,
ancestor of Sil Muiredaig, and king of Connacht, who died in 702.
Three other families of the sept better known than Ua Braein were Ui
Finnachta, Ui Charmacain and Ui Murchadain represented in modern times
by, among others, the surnames, O Finnaghty, O Cormacan and
O'Morahan."


Clan Murchadha takes in name from the uncle of Uadach the founder of
powerful Clan Uadach in Roscommon. So those two clans are closely
related.
From the "Topographical Poem of John O'Dubhagain (d. 1372):
"...
To Mag Oireachtaigh (1) of the steeds,
Belong Muintir Roduibh of royal judgments;
A lord not withered over the flourishing wood,
O'Finachta over Clann-Conmhaigh (2)

Over Clann-Murchadha(3) of the chiefs,
O'Finachta, high, perfect;
Two of the royal sept are the two parties,
Though they are one tribe, they are not equal.

Of the Ui-Diarmada(4), the worthy,
Of true words, kings of royal men,
Chiefs of the land without difficult contracts,
The O'Conceanainns in their headship.

The Mag Murchadhas of brave effort,
Over the fine-sided Clann-Tomaltaigh(5),
An act of their good prosperity [lives] after them,
[They are] of the spirited Siol-Muireadhaigh.
....."

O'Donovan notes:
(1) Mag-Oireachtaigh, now anglicised MaGeraghty and Geraghty. This
family was seated in Magh-Naoi, before the English invasion; but in
1585, the head of the name was seated in Hy-Many. See Tribes and
Customs of Hy-Many, p. 19.
(2) Clann-Conmhaigh, now locally called Clanconoo. The name is now
applied to a territory situated on the west side of the river Suck, in
the barony of Ballimore and county of Galway; but it anciently
extended to the east of the same river, in the now county of
Roscommon. Shortly after the English invasion this territory came
into the possession of a branch of the De Burgos, the head of whom was
called Mac David, who was maternally descended from the Finaghtys.
We are informed by Duald Mac Firbis, that Conmhach, the ancestor of
the Clann-Conmhaigh was the eldest son of Muiredhach Muillethan, king
of Connaught, who died in 701, and that in consequence of this
seniority, the O'Finaghty enjoyed considerable privileges under the
kings of Connaught, viz., that he was entitled to drink the first cup
at all the king's banquets; that all the descendants of the other sons
of Muiredhach should rise up before the senior of the race of
Conmhaeh. He adds that the O'Finaghtys had forty-eight ballys lying
on both sides of the Suck before the English invasion. See Annals of
Four Masters, A.D. 1232, p. 265, note r.
(3) Clann-Murchadha.- This was the tribe name of that sept of the
Finaghtys seated on the east side of the river Suck, in the county of
Roscommon. This territory comprised twenty-four ballys, or ancient
Irish townlands. See Genealogies, Tribes &c. of Ui-Fiachrach, p. 108,
note b;
and Annals of Four Masters, A.D. 1225, p. 237.
(4). Ui-Diarmada, otherwise Clann-Diarmada. This was the tribe name of
the family of O'Concannon, chiefs of Corcamoe, in the barony of
Killian
and county of Galway. The head of this family had his seat at
Kiltullagh, in
the parish of Kilkerrin, locally called the parish of Corcamoe. See
Annals
of Four Masters, A.D. 1382, note u.
(5). Clann-Tomaltaigh.- This sept was seated in Magh Naoi, but their
position has not been determined. the name Mac Murchadha is now
obsolete in the county of Roscommon.

From web site 'Irish history in Maps':
"Clann Connmaigh and Clann Murchadha - O Fínnachta (O'Finaghty) were
chiefs of Clan Connmaigh and of Clan Murchada, districts in the two
half baronies of Ballymoe in the counties of Galway and Roscommon.
Clanconow, alias Clanconway, is described by O'Donovan as west of the
river, a branch of the O Finaghtys. Hennessy gives Clann Murchadha on
the east of the river Suck. O'Finaghty of Clan Conway, had their
castle at Dunamon (Caislén Dúin Imgáin), near the river Suck, in the
county Roscommon. O'Dugan makes note of their two chiefs in the Poems,
and cites Finaghty of "Clan Murrogh of the Champions;" and Finaghty of
the "Clan Conway."

The O'Finaghtys were noted by O'Hart as a branch of Clan Colla, as
were the Ui Maine. The historian O'Dononvan notes the Ó Fionachta
(O'Finaghty) were of the same stock as the O'Connors of Sil Murray,
who at one time were senior to them. Dr. A. Moore states that there
was also an Ui Maine sept of O'Finaghty. The Annals of Tigernach give
Clann Conmaig as a sub-division of Síl Muiredaig, the territory giving
tribute to the kings of Connacht. The Mac Davey Burkes were later
lords of Clanconway."

(Finachta of Clan Murchadha would have been a contemporary of
Murchadhain of Clan Uadach, both living in the tenth century.)

[As seen above Ui Murchadain should be in the baronies of Ballymoe,
along with the Ua Murchadhain descending from Clan Cremhthainn. So are
there really two different families of Ua Murchadhain in the same
location or two different origin myths for one family of Ua
Murchadhain? The O'Finaghty being a sept of both Ui Maine and Clann
Murchada of Siol Muireadhaigh could suggest confusion as the origin of
the people of the tribal border. Plus Clann (Ua) Murchadha founder
Murchadha died in 782, making living too early to be a tradition
source of an early Irish surname.]


O'Morans of Connacht for reference:

Ua Mearain of unknown origin inhabiting Roscommon and Sligo
Ua Mughroin of Clan Cremthain Ui Maine
MacMuroin of Clan Indrachtaig, mic Mailiduin of Sil Anmchadha of Ui
Maine
Ua Mughroin of Clan Cathail of Ui Briuin [Connachta]
Ui Muiren of Cinel Laoghaire of Ui Fiachrach
MacMorain of Conall Oirshlimeadha of Partraige
Ua Morain of Clan Dobtha of Ui Briuin

 

Ua Mearain of unknown origin inhabiting Roscommon and Sligo

MacLysaght in his book "Supplement to Irish Families", Dublin 1964;
states that Woulfe identifies Mac Ferran as a form of this name is Mac
Mhearáin and that it was first anglicized as MacMeran. This form
appears in a Fiant of 1586, in Co. Roscommon. It is quite numerous in
Counties Antrim and Down today as it was over a century ago.

MacLysaght in his book "The surnames of Ireland", Dublin 1957 states
that Meran is a variation of Marron and identifes Marron as common in
Counties Sligo and Monaghan; plus additionally places them on the map
in County Armagh.
From the annals:
LC1200 A great depredation by Cathal Crobhderg and the Connachtmen, in
the West of Midhe; and they carried off an enormous spoil of cows and
horses, and pigs, and sheep; and they came safely past the Bruighin
hither, without a blow being struck against them, saving that three or
four of them were killed on scouting parties. The Foreigners turned
back from them then, except a few men whom they left watching them.
When the Connachtmen, however, saw the Foreigners turning back from
them, each one of them went off with his prey, except O'Conchobhair,
and O'Flaithbhertaigh, and Mac Goisdealbh, who remained after them
with a very small company. When the watching band left by the
Foreigners saw this, they went back after the Foreigners, and informed
them that the host had departed with their preys, except a very small
company that remained in their track. The Foreigners pursued the host,
and overtook them immediately, and routed the Gaeidhel before them;
and Ruaidhri O'Flaithbhertaigh, king of the West of Connacht, was
slain there; and Amhlaibh O'Cuinn, of the Muinter-Gillcán, was the
person that slew him. Cathal O'Concennuinn, king of Uí-Diarmada, was
slain there, et alii multi cum istis interfecti sunt, of the sons of
warriors, and attendants; sed tamen non multi sed pauci interfecti
sunt ibi, si verum est ut nunciatum est nobis. O'Conchobhair was left
without a man in his company, except Muirchertach Mac Merain, i.e. his
doorkeeper, and one other warrior, i.e. the son of Ceithernach Ua
Cerin; and he escaped thus. The Foreigners followed up the rout as far
as Ath-Luain, and they turned back then, and brought their preys with
them, and a great number of the horses of Connacht.

FM1374. Cucogry Oge Mageoghegan, Chief of Kinel-Fiachach, was
treacherously slain after he had gone to Athlone with the Bishop of
Meath: it was the Sinnach Mac Mearain (one of William Dalton's people)
that killed him, with one thrust of a lance; and he Mac Mearain
himself was afterwards torn asunder, and his body was cut into small
pieces, for this crime. [the Daltons were the new norman Lords of
Rathconrath, Westmeath]
LC1374.3 Cuchocriche Og Mac Eochagain, dux of Cenel-Fiachaidh-mic-
Neill, was slain in treachery, in the company of the Bishop Faltach,
by the hand of the Sinnach Mac Merain, on the sixth of the kalends of
September; and the Sinnach himself was afterwards drawn, and cut to
pieces.
AC 1374.4 Cu Choicriche Oc Mac Eochacain, chieftain of Kenaliagh, was
treacherously slain while in the company of the Bishop de Vale by
Sinnach Mac Merain on the twenty-seventh of August and Sinnach himself
was then drawn and dismembered.
[William Dalton, who was Sheriff of Meath and had been killed by the
MacGeoghegan clan in the previous year.]

(I do wonder if this is another name of the Ua Muireagain of Teffia
and the Daltons could well be the new overlords of the former Ua
Muireagain kings. DNA will hopefully answer this question.)

 

Mac Muroin of Clan Indrachtaig mic Mailiduin of Sil Anmchadha of Ui
Maine
From "The tribes and customs of Hy-Many, commonly called O'Kelly's
Country : now first published from the Book of Lecan, a manuscript in
the library of the Royal Irish Academy" by O'Donovan in 1843, we have:

"Of the race of Innrachtach, son of Maelduin, are Muinter Ruairc, the
Mac Brains, the Mac Muroins, &c. Muinter Mailchada, of whom are
Muinter Dubhlainn, Ua Flannchadha, &c., also Muinter Mailcroin, Mic
Dungail, Muinter Arrachtain, Muinter Duibhgilla, and Muinter Conrui"

and ...

"Uallachan, son of Flann, son of Flannchadh, son of Innrachtach, son
of Maelduin, son of Donngal, son of Anmchadh, son of Eoghan Buac. From
this Uallachan are sprung the Mac Uallachans, i. e. the old chieftains
of Sil Anmchadha, From Lorcan, son of Muron, son of Flann, son of
Innrachtach, is descended Ua Dubhlaich."

The so the pedigree would be:
Muron m. Flann m. Innrachtach m. Maelduin m. Donngalach m. Anmchadha
m. Eoghain buac m. Corpmaic m. Cairpre cruim m. Feradaigh m.
Luighdheach m. Dallain m. Bresail m. Maine moir m. Echach fir daq
ghiall m. Domnaill m. Iomchadhae m. Colla fo crith.

 

Ua Mughroin of Clan Cremthain Ui Maine

[Mughron brother to the above Murchadhan of Clan Cremhthainn.]
From the 'Topographical Poem' from O'Huidhrin section on Ui Maine:
"O'Cathail, O'Mughroin, and O'Maoilruana, the three lords of
Crumhthann;
.....
The kings of Maenmhagh of chiefs
To whom the brown plain is hereditary,
Two who have possessed that side,
Are O'Neachtain127 and O'Maolalaidh128.

Their fight is overpowering in the conflicts,
Theirs is the land as far as the Ui-Fiachrach129,
The six Sodhans130 let us not shun,
their kings shall not be neglected.

Good the host of plundering incursions,
To whom the spear-armed array is due,
O'Cathail, O'Mudhroin the rapid,
O'Maoilruanaidh of royal banquets.

Trees sheltering the rich irriguous land,
Are kings of Crumhthann131, woody district,
The Ui Laodhogs, heroes whom we shun not,
Kings of the Caladh132 of wide border.
......"

 

Ua Mughroin of Clan Cathail

There is said to be five O Mughroin and they are the chiefs of Clan
Cathail and are remember in such place-names such as Lough O'Moran
near Elphin. The last chief of this family is thought to be General
James O'Moran (1793-1794) of the French Irish Bridge.
From the 'Topographical Poem' from O'Huidhrin section on Breifne:
".....
Four levying chieftains
Are over the valorous Clann-Cathail;
A valiant bulwark, who were not dispraised,
Are the four to be reckoned.

O'Flannagain, chief of the land,
O'Maoilmordha, whom I praise,
To live how splendid the tribe,
The majestic O'Carthaigh, and O'Mughroin(1).

O'Maoilbhrenainn with fame,
Over the irriguous plain of Clann-Conchobhair,
Their children are entitled to be above every tribe,
That sept of the Clann-Cathail.
....."

O'Donovan's notes:
(1). O'Mughroin, now O'Moran, or Moran. This name is still extant in
the
neighbourhood of Elphin.


Placenames of interest in county Roscommon:
Caldrymoran in the parish of Shankill, barony of Roscommon
Ballintober (Balintubber) home to O'Moran (O'Mugrion) chief of Clann
Cathail in the parish of Ballintober, barony of Ballintober

(I am still looking for a written pedigree, so far I have is that of
Muinntiri Mudhroin from the book of Ballymote.)

 


Ui Muiren of Cenel Laoghaire of Ui Fiachrach
From O'Donovan's Tribes and Customs of the Ui Fiachrach, p.43:
"The descendents of Laoghaire, son of Eochaidh Breac, are the Muintir
Muirean of Gleann Maoilduin at Eidneach(1), and another family called
Muinter Muiren, in Umhall(2), and they are both the same family with
respect to their descent, viz:" pedigree followed

O'Donovan notes:
(1) Gleann Maoilduin, at the Eidhneach - The situation of this valley
is unknown to the Editor, But it a highly probable that it was the
ancient name of the valley through which the River Inny, in the west
of the barony of Tirawley, flows
(2) Umhall - This territory, which is very celebrated in ancient Irish
history, and of which since the establishment of surnames in Ireland,
in the tenth century, the O'Malleys have been hereditary lords or
toparchs, comprised the present baronies of Burrishool and Murresk,
verging on the Atlantic, in the west of the present county of Mayo.
Sir Samuel O'Malley is believed to be the present senior
representative of the chiefs of Umhall.
From Keating's "History of Ireland" the 'Genealogy for the O
Seachnusaigh (O Shaughnessy)' has no. 92 Eochaidh Breac' son Dathi son
of Fiachra and says:
"Of the progeny of this Eochaidh Breac are the following families,
namely Muinntear Mhuirein, Muinntear Mhaoilduin, Munntear Chomain,
Munntear Mhaoilfhoghmhair, Muinntear Chreachain, Munntear Leannain,
Muinntear Fhlaithile, Muintear Shuanaigh;"
From Onomasticon Goedelicum (www.ucc.ie:8080/cocoon/doi/locus/M):
"Munitir muiren
in Umall; of Glend Mailiduin, Lec. 163; M. Muirean Gleanna
Maoildúin la hEidhnigh, Fy.; in the Owles; O'D. says, "prob. the
valley of r. Inny in W. of b. Tirawly."
From T. Whitley Moran 'The Moran Septs and coat of Arms', Genealogist
says:
O'Morain of Ardnaree, County Mayo vassals of the O'Dowdas living on
the right bank of the River Moy. Hereditary proprietors of the
Ardnaree and controlled its ford and that of Foxford. The founder
Muiren (c850-900) came from the Oweninny river north of Bellacorick.
From O'Donovan's Tribes and Customs of the Ui Fiachrach, p.167, under
the title of "The Hereditary Proprietors of Tir Fhiachrach:
"The estate of O'Morain, i.e. Ard na riagh, and his chieftainship the
district thence to Tuaim de Odhar."

County Mayo place-name of interst:
Lissmirrane aka Bohola aka Lismmerrane aka Lissmirrane aka Lissmerran-
Lysmerrane(1635) aka Lishmearan aka Lissmerane aka Lissmearan (1635)
aka Lismoraan aka Lismiraun aka Lismaran(1838) aka Lois Mearain and in
English Maran's fort, in the barony of Gallen.

The coat of arms associated with the family are: Azure on a mounted
proper, two lions combatant or, holding between them a flagstaff also
proper,thereform a flag argent. Crest out of a mural crown, a demi-
saracen, head in profile, all proper. Motto: Fides non timet.

[This is the arms that Patrick O'Rourke Moran in 1856 included in his
arms. However his location would make of the Ua Murchadhain of
Conmaicne Rein, and suggest a miss-understanding of the origin of his
name or some unknown link existed between the family of Mayo and
Leitrim.]

 

MacMorain of Conall Oirshlimeadha of Partraige

T. Whitely Moran say the MacMorans descend from Morainn Mor (Morainn
the Great) who lived around 750-800 on the shores of Clew Bay in Co.
Mayo and that some of his descendants transferred to establish
themselves in Fermanagh, probably in the Newtownbutler area.

Clew bay is in the territory of Umhall and home to the O'Malley family
who also descended from Conall Oirshlimeadha. However, confusingly the
Ui Muiren of Cinel Laoghaire of Ui Fiachrach also claimed to come from
this area.

 


Ua Morain of Clann Dobtha of Ui Briuin
(Book of Ballymote)
From Irish History in Maps (www.rootsweb.com/~irlkik/ihm/
connacht.htm):
"Cenel Dobtha - Cenel Dofa or Doohy Hanly, comprised one of the Three
Tuathas of northern Roscommon, was held by the Ó hAinle (O'Hanly) sept
who were chiefs of Cenel Dobtha. In O'Donovan's comments in
Topographical Poems of O'Dugan and O'Heerin, he notes notes Cenel
Doffa mic Aengusa, now Doohy-Hanly in Roscommon, comprising the
parishes of Kilglass, Termonbarry, Cloontuskert and the east half of
the parish of Lissonuffy."
From Onomasticon Goedelicum (www.ucc.ie:8080/cocoon/doi/locus/C):
"cenel dobtha
in Corca-Achlann, c. Rosc., betw. Tír Ailello on the N. and Sliabh
Bagna on the S., Of. 375; a cConnachtaibh, Md. 56; Cluain Coirpte
in it, Md. 56; in díthrib C. D. i Connachtu, .i. i Cluain Cairpti,
F. 51; O. hAinli, chief of, Au. ii. 388, Fm. ii. 1100; C. Doftha,
Tig., Rc. xviii. 156, Con. 23 a; al. C. Doffa mic Aengusa, now Doohy-
Hanly in Rosc., pp. Kilglass, Termonbarry, Cloontuskert and E. half of
p. Lissonuffy, Tp., Lc. ii. 116, Fm. iii. 168, iv. 692; along the
Shannon fr. Carranadoo bridge to Drumduff in E. Rosc., Kj. ii. 342;
one of the Three Tuatha in Connaught, Mi."

 

 

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