Individual(s) / Person(s): Toirrdhealbhach Ruadh mac Suibhne

Name, Surname, Sept, Origin
Full NameToirrdhealbhach Ruadh mac Suibhne
Sept SurnameMac Suibhne
Sub-Sept SurnameMac Suibhne Fanad
Family's Place of OriginCastlesween, Knapdale, Kintyre, Scotland
DOB / DOD / Floruit
Sobriquet / Epithet/ DiminutiveToirrdhealbhach Ruadh - Famous poems were composed for him such as 'Fanad Sanctuary of Generosity', 'Fanad Nurse of Generosity', and 'Fanad Well of Generosity'.
How acquired Sobriquet / Epithet/ Diminutive These poems were composed for him because of his decision to forfeit his son and foster-son who were being held hostage by Enri O Neill and distribute the ransom money among the poets in spite of the wishes of his people. His son and foster-son were then released by O Neill because of this decision.
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Title, Inauguration, Opponents, Perception In Society
TitleHe was in the full lordship of his country for thirty-nine years. - Leabhar Chlainne Suibhne, p. 55; Mac Suibhne Fanad
Duration of Title39 years
Area of Jurisdiction
How Title was Assumedviolence
Opponents to TitleThe brothers of his father, Toirrdhealbhach Caoch mac Suibhne, Eoin mac Suibhne and Murchadh mac Suibhne
Person Inaugurated ByHe was the first Mac Suibhne whom O Domhnaill ever inaugurated. It was the successor of Columcille who used to inaugurate Mac Suibhne in Iona as long as they remained in Scotland, but after their coming to Ireland, when they were not at enmity with one another, and they had power, they used to give the task of inauguration to O Firghil 'O Freel', instead of having it done in Iona by Columcille's successor. A proof of that is this: no Mac Suibhne was ever proclaimed except in Columcille's precinct [that is, Kilmaccrenan], and if any were inaugurated elsewhere, he could not be long in power. And in confirmation thereof, O Firghil gets five marks for every Mac Suibhne who is procliamed there.' (Leabhar Chlainne Suibhne, p. 51). O Domhnaill chose Toirrdhealbhach Ruadh mac Suibhne instead of his father's two brothers, Eoin mac Suibhne and Murchadh mac Suibhne.
Where Inaugurated
Payment for Inauguration Cows. Cows were exacted of each Mac Suibhne who was inaugurated from that time forward until Maolmhuire mac Suibhne was installed in 1461. 'Maolmhuire did not give any cows, for he ws strong and powerful, and his own tribe was in submission to him,' (LCS)
Form Of Military Address
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Fixed Address or Migrant
Status in English Law
Allies, Enemies, Chieftains, Household Retinue
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Association with the Learned Class Much loved by poets who composed many poems for him such as 'Fanad Sanctuary of Generosity', 'Fanad Nurse of Generosity', and 'Fanad Well of Generosity'.
Parents, Siblings, Spouses, Offspring
Father's NameToirrdhealbhach Caoch mac Suibhne
Father's DescentToirrdhealbhach Caoch s. Maolmhuire mac Suibhne Fanad s. Murchadh Og s. Murchadh Mear s. Maolmhuire s. Murchadh s. Maolmhuire an Sparain s. Suibhne s. Donnsleibhe s. Aodh Aluinn s. Anradhan
Mother's NameMargaret, daughter of O Kane
Mother's Descent
Distinguishing Features
Character Traitsthe best offspring of the north of Ireland for generosity and for prowess - Leabhar Chlainne Suibhne, p.49
Full SiblingsConchubhar Balbh mac Suibhne; Eamonn mac Suibhne
Half Siblings 1. From the daughter of Cathal s. Aodh Breifneach O Conchubhair: Donnchadh Garbh mac Suibhne, Maghnus mac Suibhne, Maolmhuire Og mac Suibhne 2. From a concubine: Eoin Buidhe 'the Yellow' mac Suibhne
Wives 1. The dauhter of Diarmaid O Domhnaill 2. Onóra Ní Mháille 3. The daughter of Dubhghall Mac Suibhne 4. The daughter of O Néill Buidhe
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Offspring from 1st Marriage1. From the daughter of Diarmaid O Domhnaill: Ruaidhri mac Suibhne, Toirrdhealbhach mac Suibhne and Dubhdara mac Suibhne
Offspring from 2nd Marriage2. From Onora Ni Mhaille: Domhnall mac Suibhne, Maolmhuire mac Suibhne, Eoghan Bacach mac Suibhne, Aodh Buidhe mac Suibhne, and Murchadh mac Suibhne
Offspring from 3rd Marriage3. From the daughter of Dubhgall mac Suibhne: Maghnus Caoch mac Suibhne 4. From the daughter of O Neill Buidhe: Eimhear mac Suibhne and Anradhan mac Suibhne 5. From the daughter of the erenagh O Sirin 'O Sheerin', Ereamhan mac Suibhne
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