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Inaguration image[edit]

This image is not one of O'Neill being inagurated. What's the source?

2005 post[edit]

What on earth are you doing referring to the Uí Néill as a figure in "British political history"? The British state wasn't even invented when Ó Néill was in action. He was a Prince of Gaelic Ireland and if you must put a modern description on him you could call him an Irish statesmen because of his involvement with European powers in his struggle against the English crown. And why can't you have the historical accuracy- not to mention respect- to refer to him by his real name, Aodh Mór Ó Néill? Would you anglicise a Chinese, Japanese or other name? Lastly, how in the name of God can you say he resisted the seventeenth century plantation when he fled from Rathmullen in 1607 (Flight of the Earls), the very year the plantation commenced? Instead of an independent Prince, Ó Néill was reduced to being an extremely powerful landowner after the Treaty of Mellifont in 1603. His resistance was between 1594-1603 and it was inspired primarily by a realisation that, because he was a Gael, he would never become the most powerful man in Ulster under English rule. Ó Néill would have sold his granny, had the English been able to contain their hatred for the "barbarous" Irish a bit better. It had nothing to do with resisting a plantation which was implemented in order to subdue Ulster after the Nine Years War 1594-1603.

Why does Hugh O'Neill, 2nd Earl of Tyrone get directed to this page which says '3rd Earl of Tyrone' ? I haven't seen anywhere else O'Neill (1540-1616) labelled as the 3rd Earl of Tyrone. Tehmasp

Blunders are made - there's a similar one in relation to Gerald Fitzgerald, 15th Earl of Desmond, who should in my opinion be listed as the 14th. As for resistance to plantation - it was a creeping policy of the crown from the mid-1550's. O'Neill had seen the first effort in Ulster in Clandeboye under Essex in the 1570's, and would have realised that William Fitzwilliam's push toward the Ulster borders in the 1590's - especially his execution of the MacMahon, following that of the O'Rourke a few years earlier - not only reduced his influence but left his territory vulnerable to various legal claims (see later the Case of the Bann Fishery in 1609, which asserted a legal entitlement stemming from the Norman conquest that had been extinct for hundreds of years) and a splintering off of his dependents. Eventually, he would have been surrounded in Tyrone by English landowners with a more direct line to the English court. The same thing happened to Desmond and, to a lesser extent, Ormond. It was not a good time to be overmighty and Irish (Gaelic or Norman).---shtove 22:54, 15 December 2005 (UTC)
So which is he, 2nd or 3rd? He can't be both. And if you have a problem with it why don't you correct it? Mike Hayes (talk) 06:48, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

Minor but important change[edit]

Just revised "Uí Néill Dynasty Today" to "Ó Neill Dynasty Today". People constantly confuse the two, which is understandable, but leads to deep misunderstanding. Fergananim 18:08, 22 January 2006 (UTC)


Mór[edit]

On the recent edit to his name - does Mór make him Hugh the Great, or Big Hugh?--Shtove 22:21, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

Birth date confusion[edit]

The birth date given in the text and infobox is c. 1565; but the birth category is 1540s; should it be changed to 1560s? which is correct?--FeanorStar7 (talk) 10:01, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

Uí Néill or Ó Néill[edit]

This article has both. Which is correct? 87.38.42.48 (talk) 08:45, 30 March 2010 (UTC)

Requested move (2010)[edit]

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The result of the move request was: Move. Jafeluv (talk) 23:50, 30 August 2010 (UTC)


Hugh Ó Neill, 2nd Earl of TyroneHugh O'Neill, 2nd earl of Tyrone Hugh O'Neill, 2nd Earl of Tyrone — It's a pity and a shame that disagreement over the name of this article derailed into a ‘move war’ so soon, especially since it could have been resolved through the regular procedures just as easily. It's never too late for that though, so here's a clean slate.

As he pointed out on his talk page, User:DinDraithou is right that our man is usually called either Hugh O'Neill (English) or Aodh Ó Néill (Irish), and not some combination of those names like Hugh Ó Néill or Aodh O'Neill. I believe that English secondary sources tend to favour the name Hugh O'Neill over Aodh Ó Néill when referring to this particular person. E.g.:

  • O'Faolain, Sean (1970) [1942]. The great O'Neill. A biography of Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, 1550–1616. Cork. 
  • Jefferies, Henry A. (2000). "Hugh O'Neill, earl of Tyrone, c.1550–1616". In Charles Dillon, Henry A. Jefferies and William Nolan. Tyrone: History and Society. pp. 181–232.  Text "Dublin " ignored (help)
  • two relatively recent articles in encyclopedias of good reputation: ODNB and DIB
  • And this list could easily be supplemented with further examples.

The other issue is about disambiguation. Hugh O'Neill, 2nd earl of Tyrone, clear and simple and in line with the sources above, looks good enough to me (in case anyone wonders, the only reason why we have '2nd' in the title is because there's a later namesake who's styled 6th earl of Tyrone). Cavila (talk) 10:34, 23 August 2010 (UTC)

I support the move, with the caveat that it should be Hugh O'Neill, 2nd Earl of Tyrone (capitalizing "Earl"), as that is our general format for peers. john k (talk) 14:27, 23 August 2010 (UTC)
Support the move, per above Finn Rindahl (talk) 16:13, 23 August 2010 (UTC)
Support the move, per above Laurel Lodged (talk) 16:36, 23 August 2010 (UTC)
Support with capitalization; it is consistency and usage - "Earl of Tyrone" is a proper noun. Septentrionalis PMAnderson
Support per John K. --Labattblueboy (talk) 00:59, 25 August 2010 (UTC)
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Requested move[edit]

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The result of the move request was: Page moved. Consensus: convincing solution to the problem at hand, and a common sense exception to WP:NCROY. -- Hadal (talk) 06:57, 5 June 2011 (UTC)



Hugh O'Neill, 2nd Earl of TyroneHugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone

Sources appear to be about evenly divided between calling him 2nd and 3rd Earl; the problem is whether to count his older brother, Brien O'Neill, who had the same claim to be Earl as Hugh did, but who was not recognized in the three years between the death of the first Earl, their grandfather Conn, and his own assassination. At some point, we should write an article on Brien, and it should be titled Brien O'Neill, 2nd Earl of Tyrone, for disambiguation from the other men of that name.


The subject is certainly primary usage for the proposed title; long after the subject's attainder, two of his grand-nephews claimed to be Earl of Tyrone, but

  • The title was forfeit
  • Their pedigree is disputable
  • They are infinitely less well known that the Great Earl.
  • Their numbering is at least as arguable.

I would also accept Hugh O'Neill, 3rd Earl of Tyrone, but I see no real reason to not just make both numberings redirects. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 18:58, 24 April 2011 (UTC)

  • Support as nom. This is a slight tweaking of WP:NCROY, but guidelines have occasional exceptions, and I've discussed it on their talk page. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 18:58, 24 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Proposed title is closer to royal. DinDraithou (talk) 07:04, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Our normal custom is to pick one number and explain the disagreement. I see no reason why this can't be done here. I wouldn't object to a move to Hugh O'Neill, 3rd Earl of Tyrone if that reduces confusion with his brother, but I don't think removing the number entirely is the right solution. Proteus (Talk) 13:04, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Support If the ordinal is causing confusion, just drop it (I presume it's anachronistic anyway, though not sure when English earls start using ordinals). Same goes for Conn and Brian. Deacon of Pndapetzim (Talk) 13:36, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Makes sense to avoid confusion. Also wouldn't object to Hugh O'Neill, 3rd Earl of Tyrone if NCROY absolutely has to be followed (but it seems a tad unnecessary). Jenks24 (talk) 19:30, 25 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose "2nd earl" is the overwhelming consensus on Google Books, compare here and here. In fact, I suspect most of the few measely hits for "3rd earl" are typos. Even if Brien really was an earl, the numbers are traditional and it is not Wiki's place to be renumbering earls. "Brien O'Neill, 2nd Earl of Tyrone" -wikipedia gets no hits whatsoever, although there is one hit for "Brien O'Neill second Earl of Tyrone" -wikipedia. Please do not create an article of this title. Kauffner (talk) 07:31, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
At the risk of sounding pedantic, gbooks can't have "consensus". They don't sit around talking to each other until the strongest books agree on something. If an ordinal is really necessary, I think we should concentrate on whether or not Brian O'Neill was earl of Tyrone. If he was, then "2nd Earl" is simply a factual error and it doesn't matter how many or who call Aodh "2nd Earl". Of course, we can circumvent the whole discussion by omitting the ordinal too. Deacon of Pndapetzim (Talk) 12:41, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
The paragraph on Brien O'Neill as second Earl in Complete Peerage is not a typo; it is the statement of a de jure claim, the chier matter of interest about this long-deceased teenager. I proposed omitting the ordinal precisely to avoid having our article take a position on de jure as opposed to de facto titles. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 22:48, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
Conn was earl for life only (Britannica 1911), so I don't follow the de jure argument. Google Books is almost 11 to 1 in favor of "2nd earl" over "3rd earl." Hugh is by far the most notable earl of Tyrone, so what does he need an ordinal for? But here you using the ordinal issue to attach undue emphasis to a fringe claim. Kauffner (talk) 14:51, 29 April 2011 (UTC)
As for the personal attack: I propoased to omit the number precisely to de-emphasize the question of succession, which should not be implicit in the title; I could have proposed 3rd Earl of Tyrone, and cited Complete Peerage, which is not a fringe source. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 17:12, 29 April 2011 (UTC)
A misreading, I think, of the original DNB, which says "for life, with remainder to his supposed son Matthew"; this is one way of expressing a grant which does not extend to the grantee's heir male. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography explains more fully: All three earls arise from the same patent, of 1542, with the extraordinary special remainder that the Earldom was to be inherited by the first Earl's illegitimate son Ferdoragh or Matthew, and his heirs male; since this Ferdoragh was killed in his father's lifetime, his sons inherited. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 16:58, 29 April 2011 (UTC)
If I read what you write and draw reasonable conclusions, it's a "personal attack"? This is the second time in three posts that you have suggested that we put the phrase "third earl" in the article title, but of course only in order "de-emphasize the question of succession." I suggest removing the phrase "2nd or 3rd[1] Earl" from the opening line, where I notice that boldface is currently used to de-emphasize it. This issue can be stuffed into the footnote. The footnote should be moved out of the lede and into to the "Early Life" section, where it can be attached to Brian's name. That is all de-emphasis this issue deserves. Kauffner (talk) 04:36, 30 April 2011 (UTC)
No, if you accuse me groundlessly of doing what I have carefully avoided doing; that is a personal attack. Please discount this !vote accordingly. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 17:03, 30 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, sounds a sensible solution; no need to choose between contested points of view in an article title if an equally good title can be constructed that avoids doing so.--Kotniski (talk) 16:31, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Support. Agree with Kotniski. This is an elegant solution to an otherwise vexing issue. Let's take it and move on. Andrewa (talk) 13:19, 4 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Support This is a sensible and honourable exception to NCROY. Laurel Lodged (talk) 16:30, 4 June 2011 (UTC)
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Portrait is from 1800s, not original[edit]

http://www.historyireland.com/volumes/volume13/issue5/features/?id=113898 said to be "developed from a ‘true likeness’ of the earl".86.42.193.65 (talk) 10:28, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

O'Neill never claimed the title Ard ri[edit]

O'Neill never claimed this title. He wished to see Phillp of Spain, or any other European Catholic monarch, as King of Ireland, rather than an English or Scottish one. Fergananim (talk) 17:25, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

But you deleted a referenced paragraph on this point - need to show the ref is bad.Shtove (talk) 11:00, 3 December 2014 (UTC)