Colmán of Moray

Introduction

It seems that the compilers of Mart T knew that on 18th Feb there was a commemoration, in Moray, of a saint called Colmán. Later scholiasts have tried to fill the gaps in our knowledge (see related saints).

Associated places

Moray, Scotland (i mMuríab fri Móna ituaidh, 'in Moray to the north of the Mounth' Mart T)

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Columb, Colmán, Commán, Mo Cholmóc, Mo Chommóc, Mo Chumma, Columba, Columbanus etc (ns) (certain)

Sometimes confused with Colmán m. Áeda (certain)

Colmán of Moray has been confused with Colmán m. Áeda because one of Mart O’s scholiasts suggested that the obscure Colmán of 18 Feb might equate to the better known (from Irish perspective) Colmán from Co. Tyrone, whose feast-day is only three days away. He did not make the suggestion with any conviction, however, though Ó Riain does seem to think they are in origin the same (Ó Riain, Dictionary, 207). Both might ultimately go back to Columb Cille.

Feast days

Day of Year

Feb 18

Calendar

Martyrology of Tallaght

Source code

Mart.T

Source title

Martyrology of Tallaght

Editors

Best, R. I. and Lawlor, H. J.

Year

1931

Notes

From the Book of Lesinter and MS 5100-4 in the Royal Library, Brussels.

Quote from source

Colman i mMuríab fri Móna ituaidh ata Colman.

Day of Year

Feb 18

Calendar

Martyrology of Oengus the Culdee

Source code

Mart. O

Source title

Martyrology of Oengus the Culdee

Editors

Stokes, Whitley

Year

1905

Notes

Full title is Félire Óengusso Céli Dé, The Martyrology of Oengus the Culdee, critically edited from Ten Manuscripts, with a Preface, Translation, Notes and Indices.

Quote from source

Bebais in cáid Colmán 'The chaste Colmán departed'

Notes

Various suggestions were made by the scholiasts to Mart O as to who this may have been. In RB512: i. Colmán o Ard bó in Cinel Eogain nó i n-Albain fri Monaid atuaid. Nó Colmán Arda bó for bru Locha Echach. Nó Colmán Ciarda o Cluian rois for bru Locha Dergdeirc antuaid. 'ie Colmán from Ard Bó in Cenél Eogain OR in Scotland to the west of Monad. OR Colmán of Ard Bó on the shore of Loch Neagh. OR Colmán Ciarda from Clúain rois on the northern shore of Lough Derg.' A genealogy is suggested in RB512: Colmán Mac Aeda meic Guaire meic Amalgada meic Muiredaig meic Cairthinn meic Eirc meic Echach meic Colla huais. More tentative is this: Alii dicunt that he is Colmán son of Aed, who is in Ardbó on the shore of Lough Neagh. Vel hoc quod etc [Stokes gives this only in the English, and does not state to which MS this remark belongs (Stokes 1905, 77)]

Day of Year

Feb 18

Calendar

Martyrology of Gorman

Source code

Mart. G

Source title

Martyrology of Gorman

Editors

Stokes, Whitley

Year

1895

Notes

Full title is Félire Húi Gormáin, The Martyrology of Gorman edited from a manuscript in the Royal library, Brussels, with a preface, translation, notes and indices. It is published by the Henry Bradshaw Society.

Quote from source

Colmán

Notes

There is no gloss. This is unusual. Usually the gloss provides any extra information provided in Mart. T. it is possible that the material about Moray was not in the copy of Mart T used by Mart G's author.

Day of Year

Feb 18

Calendar

The Martyrology of Donegal

Source code

Mart. Do.

Source title

The Martyrology of Donegal

Editors

Todd, J. H.

Year

1864

Notes

Other author to be specified.

Quote from source

Colman