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Annal 1462


1462 First of January on Friday; first day of the moon, MCCCCLXII. Nineteenth year of the Decemnovennial Cycle. Embolismal year. C. Last year of the Hendecad.


Tadc O Conchobair and his kinsmen fought a battle at Corra an Gobann with the son of Brian Ballach, Mac Diarmata and the Corca Achlann, the day of the week being Sunday precisely. Mac Branain was the first to come to the place of conflict. O Conchobair and his kinsmen rose up quickly [...]. . . to meet them, refusing to accept quarter (?) or protection from them but being pressed (?) into the deep river which lay before them. Two or three of them were drowned in this river and O Conchobair came safely away to O hAinlige. O Conchobair was then recognised again [as lord] by his own territories.



O Conchobair won a victory at Ath Lechta Casc in which Diarmait son of Brian and Tadc son of Tadc Mac Tigernain na Corra were killed. However, the family of Brian were let [...]. . . (?) their cattle and followers. These things were done on St. Berach's day. They forfeited their land to the sons of O Conchobair Ruad.


A hosting by Macwilliam of Clanrickard into Ui Cairin. O Mechair gave battle to the army. William Burke, son of Macwilliam, was killed with one cast of a javelin by O Mechair's son.


[O Mechair] himself, that is Tadc, died. His son succeeded him.


Mac Branain was forced to abandon the sons of Brian Ballach. War between Mac Branain and O Conchobair's sons. Mac Branain was driven across the Shannon towards O Fergail, and O Fergail gave him a half-townland and free quarterage for his drovers.


Feidlim O Conchobair came across Mac Branain and his kinsmen on the road to Bagna. Mac Branain wounded Feidlim in the knee with a dart, whereof it was expected that he would die. Here Mac Branain was captured by Feidlim and Cormac son of Cormac and some of his kerne were killed. Mac Branain was ransomed for four score marks and [the agreement] to pay rent to O Conchobair for a town which they [the Mac Branans] had long held free.


The young Earl of Ormond came to Ireland this year with an innumerable following of English. War between the Earls of Ormond and Desmond, Gerald son of the Earl of Desmond was captured by the Butlers. They took Waterford. A day of battle was set between them. The Earl of Ormond did not come to the battle that day, because it was a custom with the English not to give battle on a Monday nor after midday on other days. Mac Richard came to fight the battle in defiance of the Earl, and he came by himself. He and the Fitz Geralds fought a fierce and bloody fight and the Butlers were routed; four hundred and ten of them were counted as being buried, besides those whom dogs and wild animals devoured. The FitzGeralds took Kilkenny and the large towns of the county


after slaughtering their inhabitants. The Earl of Ormond with his English held the town in which they were themselves.


A young kinsman of the Earl of Ormond met at sea four ships belonging to the Earl of Desmond's people loaded with treasure, and captured them. This capture greatly strengthened the Butlers.


Enormous preys were taken by Ruaidri Mac Diarmata, Cormac Ballach Mac Donnchada and the young men of the posterity of Conchobar Mac Donnchada from the Clanconway and Mac Diarmata and his kinsmen at Bel Atha Duin Imdain, whence they took a hundred and twenty score of cows as well as other live-stock.


Other great raids, to avenge these, were made by Mac Diarmata and Edmund son of William against Ruaidri Mac Diarmata at Cillin Arbelaig—most successfully if there had not happened a misfortune, the killing of Cormac son of Conchobar Mac Diarmata with one blow of a spear—when they took four score and four hundred cows, with six score to each hundred, and many of their rabble were killed.


Ruaidri son of O Conchobair Donn was ransomed from O Conchobair Donn. Cathal Ruad son of O Conchobair Ruad was also ransomed by him from him for four score marks.


Cathal Mag Ragnaill won a victory over the posterity of Maelsechlainn [Mag Ragnaill], in which were captured the head of their alliance, Uilliam Mag Ragnaill, and Toirrdelbach Mac Dubgaill, the constable of their gallowglasses, and the son of Iriel O Fergail. Cathal was proclaimed Mag Ragnaill and Conchobar, having become very old, was deposed.


O Fergail was defeated by the sons of Conn O Mailsechlainn and the Dillons and Laisech son of Rosa [O Fergail] at Noughaval. Here Emann O Fergail was captured and, if mine author speaks truly, their total losses were seventy men killed or captured, eleven of the posterity of Muirchertach Oc O Fergail, included in this total, being killed. Yet this was but the drop before a shower for Annaly; for it was not long afterwards that it lost that young son of a chieftain who maintained the largest household and was the best fighter and forrayer against the Galls and Gaels who opposed him, namely Tomas son of Cathal O Fergail. He was killed at Pallas Ford, by night, while pursuing his own prey, by a party of the Dillons, the descendants of Conchobar and the son of Muirchertach. He had


been left with only a few followers, which was unusual for him, so that [his enemies] carried away his head and his prey.


Mac Branain, that is Tomaltach Carrach son of Conn son of Aed, having lived for a long time, in poverty, rested in Christ.


The spring and summer were very hard this year, insomuch that the like thereof had not been seen since the spring [in the reign] of the sons of Toirrdelbach.


This was a year of Indulgence, many people going to St. James's.


The Galway dried up this year and many things were found in its bed.


Tadc son of Eogan O Conchobair, lord of Carbury, died.


Brian son of Pilip Mag Uidir, the most bountiful and the bravest man of his years in the whole province of Ulster, was killed, [having been captured] in pursuing his own prey, by the sons of Art O Neill, who had held him some time in captivity.


Mailir Mac Seoinin Burke died.


O Morda's daughter, the wife of O Conchobair Failgi, died.