Baath mac Magog

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Baath mac Magog
Lebor Gabála Érenn - The Book of Invasions of Ireland
Clan or Tribe
Clan/TribeThe Gaedil[1]
Name spelling variants
Names & EpithetsBaath,[1] Baoth,[2] Bathath.[3]
SiblingsIbath, Barachan, Emoth and Aithechta.[1] Possibly Eochu[7][8]
ChildrenFénius Farsaid[1]
Date of BirthCirca 2900BC. (Shortly after the Biblical Flood. AFM Timeline).

Baath or Baath mac Magog is a figure in Irish legendary history. He was a son of Magog,[1][6] son of Japheth,[4][5] the progenitor of the Scythians, son of Noah,[9] and the father of Fénius Farsaid, according to a version "M" of Lebor Gabála Érenn, also known as the Great Book of Lecan. He is described as being from Scythia, and the Goths, or the Gaedil.[1] According to the same version of the story, he had four brothers, Ibath, Barachan, Emoth, and Aithechta. But the story further states that "...Feinius Farrsaid was son of Baath, son of Ibath, son of Gomer, and son of Iafeth (Japheth)".[5]

There are several competing genealogies in the sources deriving Fénius, Baath, the Milesians, etc., either from Magog, Gomer, or sometimes even Javan. In some versions Baath or Ibath occupy the same position as Rifath Scot (Riphath son of Gomer), while in others Fénius himself is treated as interchangeable with Rifath Scot. The earliest traditions regarding Fénius and Baath in Auraicept na n-Eces (ca. 7th century) seem to combine figures with exploits placed at the Tower of Babel and at the Exodus of Moses. Much of this is also reflected in the Historia Brittonum (9th century) which includes similar tales and also derives the ancestry of Europeans, in part, through Baath son of Jobath son of Joham or Javan son of Japheth. In the much earlier account of Pseudo-Philo (c. 70), the sons of Javan's son Dodanim are called Itheb, Beath, and Phenech; the last of these is made the prince of the Japhethites at the time of the Tower of Babel.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Lebor Gabála Érenn, Part I, page 155; by Robert Macalister.
  2. ^ Irish pedigrees; or, The origin and stem of the Irish nation (1892), by John O'Hart, - Volume: 1, pg.47
  3. ^ Lebor Gabála Érenn, Part I, page 163; by Robert Macalister.
  4. ^ a b Lebor Gabála Érenn, Part I, page 23; by Robert Macalister.
  5. ^ a b c Lebor Gabála Érenn, Part I, page 157; by Robert Macalister.
  6. ^ a b Lebor Gabála Érenn, Part I, page 167; by Robert Macalister.
  7. ^ Lebor Gabála Érenn, Part III, page 5; by Robert Macalister.
  8. ^ Lebor Gabála Érenn, Part IV, page 187; by Robert Macalister.
  9. ^ Lebor Gabála Érenn, Part I, page 21; by Robert Macalister.
  10. ^ Philo V:1, Philo VI:14