Ailill Medraige mac Indrechtaig

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Ailill Medraige mac Indrechtaig (died 764)[1] was a King of Connacht from the Ui Fiachrach Muaidhe branch of the Connachta. He was the son of Indrechtach mac Dúnchado Muirisci (died 707), a previous king and grandson of Dúnchad Muirisci mac Tipraite (died 683).[2] He was the fist member of this branch since 707 to hold the Connacht throne which had been dominated by the Uí Briúin since that time. He reigned from 756 to 764.

His sobriquet Medraige implies that he was fostered by this tribe on the eastern shore of Galway Bay. His acquisition of the throne of the Ui Fiachrach branch would have occurred sometime after the death of Airechtach, another grandson of Dúnchad Muirisci, who died in 735.

In 758 he defeated the Ui Briun at the Battle of Druim Robaig (Dromrovay, S.Mayo Co.). As this was fought in the territory of the Fir Chera branch of the Ui Fiachrach it appears that the Ui Briun were on the offensive.[3] Three sons of the previous Ui Briun king Forggus mac Cellaig (died 756) were slain.[4]

His son Cathal mac Aillelo (died 816) was a king of the Ui Fiachrach.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ all dates per The Chronology of the Irish Annals, Daniel P. McCarthy
  2. ^ Francis J.Byrne, Irish Kings and High-Kings, Table 18
  3. ^ Byrne, pg.249
  4. ^ Annals of the Four Masters

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References[edit]

  • Annals of Tigernach
  • Annals of the Four Masters
  • Annals of Ulster
  • Francis J.Byrne, Irish Kings and High-Kings
  • The Chronology of the Irish Annals, Daniel P. McCarthy

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