Lugaid Luaigne

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Lugaid Luaigne, son of Finnat Már, was, according to medieval Irish legend and historical tradition, a High King of Ireland. He came to power after killing his predecessor, and his father's killer, Bresal Bó-Díbad, and ruled for five or fifteen years, before he was killed by Congal Cláiringnech. The Lebor Gabála Érenn synchronises his reign with that of Ptolemy X Alexander I (110–88 BC) in Egypt.[1] The chronology of Geoffrey Keating's Foras Feasa ar Éirinn dates his reign to 140–135 BC,[2] that of the Annals of the Four Masters to 199–184 BC.[3]

Although presented as an ancestor of the Eóganachta in later medieval genealogies, Lugaid is regarded by T. F. O'Rahilly as one of several late emanations of Lugaid Loígde,[4] ancestor of the Corcu Loígde.

Preceded by
Bresal Bó-Díbad
High King of Ireland
LGE 2nd–1st century BC
FFE 140–135 BC
AFM 199–184 BC
Succeeded by
Congal Cláiringnech


  1. ^ R. A. Stewart Macalister (ed. & trans.), Lebor Gabála Érenn: The Book of the Taking of Ireland Part V, Irish Texts Society, 1956, p. 295-297
  2. ^ Geoffrey Keating, Foras Feasa ar Éirinn 1.30
  3. ^ Annals of the Four Masters M5001-5016
  4. ^ T. F. O'Rahilly, Early Irish History and Mythology. Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. 1946.