Abbán m. Laignig, moccu Cormaic

Other names

Abbán maccu Comaic, (Mart. T); Blat (Mothers of the ss 722.79). Abán of Adamstown (Ó Riain, Dictionary, 51)

Introduction

Abban is envisaged in his vita as a contemporary of Columb Cille and Brénainn of Clonfert. The vita, whose author may have been Albinus Ua Maoil Mhuadh, bishop of Ferns (died 1223) survives in two Latin redactions. Here he is one of the three sons of Leinster, along with Cóemgen of Glendalough and Moling of St Mullin’s. A vernacular adaptation, possibly produced by Franciscans at New Ross in Wexford, is less concerned than the original with miracles designed to defend property interests. Abbán also appears in the Life of Finnian of Clonard, where he baptises Finnian, and in the Life of Molua of Clonfertmulloe. In addition to Co. Laois and Co. Wexford, his cult appears in Leixlip in Co. Kildare, and Kirk Braddan on the Isle of Man (Ó Riain, Dictionary, 51-2). In an Irish Litany, dating perhaps to the 9th or 10th centuries, Abbán appears as a pilgrim saint: "Thrice fifty men of orders…..who went on pilgrimage in one company with Abban Mac hUí Chormaic" (Plummer 1925, 61).

Gender

Male

Associated places

Cell Abbáin (Killabban, barony of Ballyadams, Co. Laois); Mag Arnaide (Moyarney, barony of Bantry, Co. Wexford).

Genealogies

In Mart. T he is identified by his membership of the Moccu Cormaic. He is assigned to the Laigin, specifically Uí Labrada, in Rec. Mai 287.1: Abban Maige Arnaide & Cilli Abbain m. Lagnig m. Cainnig m. Labrada m. Cormaicc m. Con Corbb. His mother is either Mella, sister of St Cóemgen (Rec. Mai. 287.3), or Cainech Apad ingen Lugna (Mothers of ss, 722.79). Lugna is also father to Bishop Ibar (Mothers of ss, 722.14).

Territory or Ethnicity (broad)

Gaelic

Territory or Ethnicity (refined)

Laigin

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Abbán (ns) (certain)

Belongs to the group Moccu Cormaic (ns) (certain)

Related Personal Names

Name

Abbán (certain)

Name

Blat (certain)

Source

On the Mothers of the Saints

722.79

Cainech Abbad ingen Lugna mathair Blait m. Laignig .i. Abbain m. Laignig.

Feast days

Day of Year

March 16

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

Abbani m.h. Chormaic.

Day of Year

Oct 27

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

Abbain m.h. Chormaic.

Day of Year

March 16

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

Abbán doss óir ainglech, 'Abbán, anglelic bush of gold'

Day of Year

Oct 27

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

Abbán abb cain clíarach. 'Abbán an abbot fair and train-having'

Notes

Abbán abb cain clíarach. 'Abbán an abbot fair and train-having'

Day of Year

March 16

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

Abbán Gloss: mac ua Corbmaic i Maigh Arnaidhe i nUibh Censelaigh & i cCill Abbain i n-Úibh Muiredhaigh.

Day of Year

Oct 27

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

Abban gloss: Abbán mac úi Corbmaic i Maigh Arnaidhe in Uibh Ceinnselaigh & i cCill Abbain in Úibh Muiredhaigh.

Day of Year

March 16

Calendar

The Martyrology of Drummond

Source code

Mart. Dr.

Source title

The Martyrology of Drummond

Editors

Ó Riain, P

Secondary Title

Four Irish Martyrologies: Drummond, Turin, Cashel, York

Pages

1-120

Year

2002

Quote from source

Et apud Hiberniam, sancti confessores Abban et leprosus Finan ad astra hoc die perrexerunt.

Notes

The Grevenus MS of Usuard reads: In Scotia,...Albani episcopi et confessoris...In Hibernia, Finiani abbatis et confessoris.

Day of Year

March 16

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

Abbán, mac Ua Corbmaic, ó Mhuigh Arnaidhe in Uibh Ceinnsealaigh a Laighnibh, acus o Cill Abbain in Uibh Muireadhaigh allaignib do sliocht Labradhda Luirc, mic Ugaine móir dó. Miolla deirbhsiúr deaspucc Iobhair a máthair, amail adeir a betha féin isin ched cap. 'He was of the race of Labhraidh Lorc, son of Ugaine Mór. Miolla, sister to Bishop Iobhar, was his mother, as his own life states in the first chapter.'

Day of Year

Oct 27

Calendar

The Martyrology of Drummond

Source code

Mart. Dr.

Source title

The Martyrology of Drummond

Editors

Ó Riain, P

Secondary Title

Four Irish Martyrologies: Drummond, Turin, Cashel, York

Pages

1-120

Year

2002

Quote from source

Et in Hibernia natale sanctorum confessorum Ercci, Abban, Odran, et Colmain.

Notes

Of these three saints, only Odran is mentioned in Grevenus's MS of Mart. Usuard (Ó Riain, 2002, 103)