List of Kings of Mide

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In medieval Ireland, the Kings of Mide were of the Clann Cholmáin, a branch of the Uí Néill. Several were High Kings of Ireland. After the collapse of the kingdom in the 12th century its dynasty, the Ua Mael Sechlainn or Ó Melaghlins, were forced west and settled on the east bank of the Shannon. Bearers of the name were still noted as among the Gaelic nobility until as late as the 1690s, though they had lost any real power long before.

The Kingdom of Mide itself seems to have existed as a kingdom (though of varying sizes) since at least the early historic era. Its name means "middle", denoting the fact that it was situated in the very centre of Ireland in what is now County Westmeath, parts of north County Offaly, south County Longford and western County Meath. Its early kings may have been of the Dál Messin Corb - whose sept, the Uí Garrchon, were Kings of Leinster. However, from the late 400's onwards they were driven away from their original homeland in modern County Kildare and over the Wicklow Mountains by the Ui Néill, whose sept, the Clann Cholmáin, took their place.

Early Kings of Mide[edit]

Clann Cholmáin Kings of Mide[edit]

The Lords of Clonlonan[edit]

  • Art mac Mael Sechlainn meic Domnaill Ua Mael Sechlainn 1173–1184
  • Magnus Ua Mael Sechlainn  ????–1175
  • Mael Sechlainn Beg, 1184–1213
  • Cormac mac Art O Melaghlain, 1213–1239
  • Art mac Cormac, 1239–1283
  • Cairbre, 1283–1290
  • Murchadh mac Cairbre, 1290–93
  • Cormac mac Cormac, 1293?–1301
  • Cairbre an Sgregain, 1301?–1323
  • Art Mór mac Cormac, 1323–1344
  • Cormac Ballach mac Art, 1344–62
  • Art mac Art Mór, 1362–85
  • Conchobhar, 1385?–1401
  •  ?, fl. 1431.
  • Art mac Conn?, died 1431
  • Laighnech mac Corc, died 1487
  • Conn mac Art mac Conn, 1487–1500
  • Murchad mac Conn, died 1518.
  • Toirrdelbach the Cleric, 1518–37.
  • Art mac Conn, 1537–39
  • Felim Óg mac Felim mac Conn, 1539–42
  • Rudhraighe, 1542–43; died 1544
  • Caedach mac Felim mac Conn, 1543–?
  • Conn mac Art mac Conn, ?–1548
  • Tadhg Ruadh mac Toirrdelbach, 1548–53?
  • Murchad mac Toirrdelbach?, fl. 1547/49?
  • An Calbhach, 1564–c. December 1600.
  • Irriel, December 1600 – 10 April 1604.
  • Phelim mac Irriel, born 1 August 1602, alive 1604.

Chiefs of the Name[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  • "Clann Cholmain Kings of Mide 766-1184", page 195-196 in "A New History of Ireland", Vol. IX, ed. Byrne, Martin, Moody, 1984.
  • "Irish Leaders and Learning Through the Ages", Paul Walsh; ed. O Muraile, 2004.
  • "King James II's Irish Army List", D'Alton, 18??

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