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From: tuulen <>
Subject: Re: [R-M222] New Tactics
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 01:05:29 -0400
As could be obvious by my earlier ignorance in regard to Irish Morrisons,
I know little of Irish history, but let me balance that by admitting that I
little of Scottish history, too. And only now am I beginning to explore
To make that just a bit easier, apparently surnames are not much more
than a thousand years old, and relatively few names are older than that.
I do have an interest in languages, although I know nothing of Irish, but
seeing as my genetic lineage begins in northern Ulster, and seeing as
Co. Donegal is home to one of Ireland's gaeltacht regions, I could have
honest reason to study Irish, and maybe even learn some of it.
On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 11:52 PM, <> wrote:
> In a message dated 7/18/2011 10:13:15 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
> So, until further evidence appears, I can identify my genetic origin with
> confidence, but the origin of the Morrison name remains less certain,
> Irish, but only likely.
> That was well done. I was struck by the references to Columcille in the
> sources I saw. His church in the city of Derry had numerous connections
> with Iona in Scotland. In particular I have some data showing connections
> between another Inishowen family, the O'Brollaghans, and Iona.
> This doesn't have anything to do with O'Morrisons but is interesting (to me
> at least).
> The O Brolchain Family
> Notes from Reeves "Life of St. Columba," by Adamnan
> XLVII - Flaithbertach Coarb 1150-1175. [Introduction, p. clxxx]
> Surnamed Ua Brolchain. The family of Ua Brolchain were descended
> from Suibhne Meann, who wqas king of Ireland in 615, and belonged
> to the Cinel Feradhaich, a clan so called from Feradhach, grandfather
> of that Suibhne Meann, and fourth in descent from Eoghan, the founder
> of the Cinel-Eoghain race. The Cinel Feradhiach are now territorially
> represented by the barony of Clogher, in the south of the county of
> Tryone. The first of the O'Brolchan family who is mentioned in the
> Annals was Maelbrighde Ua Brolchan, styled prim saer Erren ["chief mason
> of Ireland"- Od Vers],, whose obit is entered in the ann. Ult. at 1029.
> >From him probably the masonic art of the family was derived, which was
> cultivated by Flaherty, and practiced by Donnell, with such success.
> The next was Maeliosa, the lector whose obit is entered above at 1086.
> He spent a part of his early life at Both-chonais in Inishowen, in the
> neighbourhood of which some of his writings were preserved in Colgan's
> time; and afterwards he founded a church seemingly at Lismore, called
> the derteac Maeiliosa, "Oratory of Maeliosa," which was burned in 1116.
> He died on the 16th of January, justly celebrated for his learning
> (Colgan, Acta SS. p. 108). His son, Aedh, succeeded him in the calling
> of professor, and died in 1095. Two years afterwards a son of Maelbrighde,
> surnamed Mac-an-tsaeir, who was bishop of Kildare, died. Maelcolaim Ua
> Brolchain, bishop of Armagh, died in 1122; and Maelbrighde Ua Brolchain,
> also bishop of Armagh, died, Jan. 29, 1139. The latter was probably
> father of the coarb Flaithbertach, whom the Annals of Ulster, aqt 1164,
> called Flaithbertach mac in epsuic hUi Brolcain, "Flaithbertach, son of
> the bishp Ua Brolchan," a lineage by no means in accordance with the
> delicacy of the Four Masters, and which, when copying the entry, they
> divest of its objectional character, in simply calling him Flaithbertach
> Ua Brolchain. Domhnall Ua Brolchain was prior of Derry, and died Apr. 27,
> 1202. His name is inscribed on one of the capitals in the cathedral of
> Hy, in the form Donaldus Obrolcan (vid. 1202, App. III). Finn Ua Brolchan
> was steward of O'Donnell in 1213; and Flann Ua Brolchain was coarb of
> Columcille in 1219. In 1548 died Sir John Obrolchan, rector of Kildalton,
> in Islay (Orig. Paroch. vol. ii. p 269) The name was afterwards writtten
> O'Brollaghan, and is now corrupted, in Ulster, to Bradley. Through
> the influence of Gilla-mac-Liag of Gelasius, the abbot of Armagh, who
> had himself been previously abbbot of Derry (an. 1137) , Flaithbertach
> Ua Brolchain was raised to the dignity of bishop in 1158, as is thus
> recorded by the Four Masters: "A Synod of the clergy of Ireland was
> convened at Bri-mic-Taidhg, in Meath, where there were present 25 bishops,
> with the Legate of the coarb of Peter, to ordain rules and good morals.
> It was on this occasion that the clergy of Ireland, with the coarb of
> Patrick, ordered a chair, like every other bishop's, for the coarb of
> Columcille, Flaithbertach Ua Brolchain, and the arch-abbacy of the
> churches of Ireland in general." He was a zealous advancer of the
> welfare of Derry, and during his incumbency many important additions
> were made to its ecclesiastical buildings; to precure funds for which,
> the abbot had, during the years 1150, 1151, 1153, 1161, visited, and
> obtained contributions from various territories in Ulster and Ossory.
> After a long life spent in the enregetic discharge of his duties, he
> died in 1175, at which year his obit is thus recorded by the Four
> Masters: "Flaithbertach Ua Brolchain, coarb of Columcille, a tower
> of wisdom and hospitality, a man on whom, on account of his goodness
> and wisdom, the clergy of Ireland had bestowed a bishop's chair, and
> to whom the abbacy of Hy (comhorbus Uae) had been offered (an. 1164),
> died in righteousness, after exemplary sickness, in the Duibhregles
> of Columcille; and Gilla-mac-Liag Ua Branain was appointed to his
> place in the abbacy."
> Donal O Brolchain 
> "The unusual record on the capital of the tower column, DONALDUS OBROLOHAN
> FECIT HOC OPUS, and the coincidence of that record with the obit of
> Domhnall Ua Brolchain in the annals of Ulster at 1203, and of the Four
> Masters at 1202, the same name in its Irish form, are sufficient, if not
> to satisfy the mind, at least to afford material for reasonable conjecture,
> as to the builder."
> Surnames of Scotland
> Flaitbheartach Ua Brolchain was offered the abbacy of Colum-cille
> in Iowa in 1164 (AFM, s.a.) but declined it. Domhnall Ua Brolchain,
> prior of Derry, perhaps a relative of Flaithbheartach, became abbot
> of Iona and was builder of the Bell Tower there, or at least of the
> lower part of it. He died in 1203 (AU.). The mutilated inscription
> in Lombardic letters on the southeast pier of the cathedral reads:
> "Donaldus O'Brolchan fecit hoc opus." Abbot Donald came of a famous
> family of masons of whom the earliest recorded is Maelbrighde Ua
> Brolchan, styled prim saer Erann, i.e. 'chief mason of Ireland.'
> (Adamnan, VC, p. 405). He died in 1029 (A.U. s.a.) The rectory of
> S. John the Evangelist at Kildaltane, Islay, was vacant in 1549
> by the decease of Sir John Obrolchan (OPS, II, p. 269). Archibald
> McBrolachin was one of the tenants in Iona, 1677, and Lauchlan duy
> McBrolachan appears as merchant in Campbeltown, 1778 (Argyll).
> The name has been Englished Bradley and Brodie (Brody), although
> these names have no connection with it either in root or
> What I found interesting about this was there were O'Brollaghans
> (O'Brolchans) in Scotland long after known contact at Iona in the 13th
> century yet
> prior to the Irish exodus of the 1800s..
> The O'Brollaghans were another Inishowen family, mostly connected to the
> church in Derry. The first two known Bishops of Derry were both
> O'Brollaghans, 1107-1139.
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