Mac Bruaideadha family

  • fl. late 16th c./early 17th c.
  • County Clare, Leitir Maoláin
Irish Gaelic family of historians and poets based in Co. Clare.

See also: County ClareCounty Clare/An Clár
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Leitir MaoláinLeitir Maoláin ... Lettermoylan

Former townland on the eastern slope of Slieve Callan, which according to Luke McInerney, encompassed “much of modern-day Ballynoe and Glennageer, as well as Knockalassa and Magherabaun” and was settled by the Clann Bhruaideadha.

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Conchubhar Mac BruaideadhaMac Bruaideadha (Conchubhar)
(fl. 1631–1636)
Mac Bruaideadha (Conchobhar)
Irish scholar, son of Maoilín Óg Mac Bruaideadha and one-time head of the Clann Bhruaideadha; led the school at Lettermoylan on Slieve Callan (Co. Clare).
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Maoilín Óg Mac BruaideadhaMac Bruaideadha (Maoilín Óg)
(d. 1602)
Irish bardic poet; also the author of a book of annals now lost but used by the Four Masters.
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Tadhg mac Dáire Mac BruaidínMac Bruaidín (Tadhg mac Dáire)
(b. c.1570, d. in or after 1625)
Mac Bruaideadha (Tadgh mac Dáire)
Irish poet and genealogist of Co. Clare, ollamh to Donnchadh Ó Briain, 4th earl of Thomond; killed by one of Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers.
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Reference works
Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press, 2004–present. URL: <>. 
comments: General editors include Lawrence Goldman, et al.
Simms (Katharine) [id. 73994. ‘Mac Bruaideadha family (per. 1558–1636)’] direct link
McInerney, Luke, “Lettermoylan of Clann Bhruaideadha: a résumé of their landholding, topography & history”, North Munster Antiquarian Journal 52 (2012): 81–113.
McGrath, Cuthbert, “Materials for a history of Clann Bhruaideadha”, Éigse 4:1 (1943-1944, 1945): 48–66.
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