Colmán of Dubchuilenn

Introduction

There is a connection made in the martyrologies between this saint and Dun Rechet in the 'Renna'. Plummer suggested this might be Dunragit in the Rhinns of Galloway (Wigtownshire), an identification which Watson found 'unobjectionable phonetically' (Watson 1926 p 168). He further noted, however, that there was a district in Roscommon called the Rinns 'and there appears to have been a plain in Connacht called Mag Rechet. Thus Dún Reichet, Colmán's seat, may have been in the Rinns of Roscommon.' Note that there is another ref to the Renna in Mart O notes: Finden i Futerna isna Rannaib, translated by Stokes as Whitern in the Renna (Sept 28, Mart O notes in Laud 610). Colmán Dubchuilen is sometimes interpreted as Colmán Dub of Cuilen (see feast-days). He is also associated with Belach Conglais, now Baltinglass in Co. Wicklow. There was an important Cistertian Abbey founded in Baltinglass in 1148, colonised from Mellifont but subject to Furness in 1227.

Associated places

Belach Conglais (Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow); Dun Rechet (poss. Dunragit, Wigtownshire).

Feast days

Day of Year

Nov 24

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

Colmán duib Chuilinn

Notes

Stokes translates 'Colmán Duib of Cuilenn' Mart O notes in RB505: Colmán dub o Chuiliunn .i. sliab fil hic Beluch Conglaiss il-Laignib .i. a mountain which is at Belach Conglais in Leinster Mart O notes in F Colmain duib Chuilind isna Rennaibh .i. o Dhun Reichet & o Beluch Conghais il-Laignibh et ab aliis [locis]. Luidh Comhghall Bennchair do thigh athar Colmain duibh Chuilinn. Bean aimrit occa. Cuinnchidh dano in cleirech dubh scribind don mnai aimrit. Atnaghar. Comperd Colmán de, unde Colmán duibh cuilind dictus est. Colmán of the ink (duib) of Cuilenn in the Renna, ie from Dún Rechet and from Belach Conglais in Leinster, and from other places. Comgall of Bangor went to the house of Colmán duib Chuilinn's father, who had a barren wife. Then the cleric asks writing-ink of the barren wife. It is given (and she tastes it). Thereof Colmán is concieved. Hence he was called Colmán of the ink of Cuilenn. Mart O notes in P Occus ambrit ro boi a mathair sium artus, commblais dubh scribind o Comgall Bendchuir & ro coimper fochetoir, conidh airesin adberar Colmán duibh Chuilind.

Day of Year

Nov 24

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 druin Duib-chuilinn 'Shrewd Colmán of Dub-chuilinn' gloss: ó Dún isna Rendaibh, & o Bhelach Chonglais il-Laighnib, & o ionadaibh oile 'from Dún in the Renna and from Belach Conglais in Leinster, and from other places.'

Day of Year

Nov 24

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

Colmán Dubhchuilenn o Dun in na Rendaibh, acus o Bhealach Conghlais ilLaighnibh, acus ó ionadaibh oile examla 'Colman Dubhchuilenn, of Dun in the Renna, and of Bealach Chonglais in Leinster, and of many other places.'