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Annal 1309


1309 First of January on Wednesday and the twelfth day of the moon, A.D. MCCCIX. Thirteenth year of the Solar Cycle; eighteenth year of the Lunar Cycle; seventh year of the Indiction.


Aed son of Eogan son of Ruaidri son of Aed son of Cathal Croberg, king of Connacht and eligible for his nobility, valour, generosity, form and feature for the kingship of Ireland, was killed by Aed Brefnech son of Cathal Ruad O Conchobair at Coill in Chlachain in the territory of Brefne. Many of the great


men of Connacht were killed with him, such as Conchobar Mac Diarmata, Diarmait Ruad son of Tadc son of Andrias O Conchobair, Diarmait son of Cathal Carrach Mac Diarmata and Aed son of Muirchertach son of Tadc son of Maelruanaid [Mac Diarmata]. And of the Eastern party there fell on that same day Diarmait Oc O hElide, a noble loyal princely yeoman, Maeldomnaig the Gallowglass, Gilla na Naem Mac Aedacain, ollav of Connacht in Law and a universal master equally skilled in all arts, Fagurtach O Dobailein of the household of Mac Donnchada and many others besides these. The losses on both sides were not less than a hundred. Aed Brefnech came into the country afterwards and the Three Tuatha submitted to him.


Now here are declared the deeds of Maelruanaig Mac Diarmata, king of Moylurg. He came with his household muster about him into the heart of Sil Murray, to uphold the kingship and rule for his foster-son Fedlimid O Conchobair, and he sent messengers to his Gall and Gael friends on all hands and to William Burke and his kinsmen, who came with all speed at that message. And he [Maelruanaid] encamped stoutly and sturdily at Fiad Ratha Cruachan among the trains of the district, keeping them together; for his great fear was that those eraghts should come to an agreement with Aed Brefnech son of Cathal. And he took personally the lordship of the chieftains and the submission of the sub-kings, and exacted their rents and stipulated tributes and all the family and regal jewels of the king of Connacht, and all the Sil Murray made oath and gave security that they would not yield the lordship to any other. William Burke then came with the Sil Murray to Elphin.


Aed son of Cathal, however, went to meet the Earl in Meath, and when he was gone the Three Tuatha revolted against him, and on returning out of Meath he encamped in Uachtar Tire and made a great raid on Aed O Flannacain and consumed the prey in his own camp in Uachtar Tire.


Conchobar son of Donnchad O Briain was killed by Black Galls in treachery.


Cathal son of Liathanach O Conchobair, Abbot of the Trinity, was elected to the bishopric of Elphin.



Ruaidri, son of Cathal [Ruad O Conchobair] and O Flainn went into Machaire and afterwards slew Mac Feorais.


A meeting was appointed between the son of Cathal O Conchobair and Macwilliam Burke at Ath Slisen, but the meeting was broken and Cathal's son was routed and some of his men were killed.


William Burke went after this to the monastery of Boyle, and the Clan Murtagh came into Tirerrill, burning and destroying much corn.


Macwilliam crossed the Curlieus northwards and ejected the son of Cathal from his stronghold. The vanguard of Macwilliam's army killed Donnchad O Finnachta and others not enumerated here.


Macwilliam made a raid on the Claim Fermoige and another as far as Binbulbin and northwards thereof.